Man found dead at Burning Man, sheriff’s office says cause ‘remains suspicious’

A man was found dead in the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada during the annual Burning Man festival on Thursday, according to the Pershing County Sheriff’s office.

When deputies arrived, they found the man at a medical tent and doctors had determined he was deceased. The body was transported to the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.

The cause of death “remains under investigation as suspicious,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The man was identified as Shane Billingham by the sheriff’s office.

Three people traveling from Burning Man were taken to the hospital Monday after a small plane crashed near the Reno-Stead airport. The plane coming from the annual festival in Black Rock City, crashed just before 5 p.m. The three people involved in the crash were taken to the hospital. One of the people suffered serious injuries in the crash.

This story will be updated as more details become available.

Amy Graff is a digital reporter at SFGATE. Email her at

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