“Tragic Death of Sephra Fitak in Intentionally Set Fire: Suspect Identified”

By | July 16, 2023



On July 15, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and fire crews responded to a house fire at 320 Aspen Way in Fernley. Upon extinguishing the fire in the bedroom, authorities discovered the lifeless body of Sephra Fitak. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division, along with Nevada State Fire Marshal Investigators and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Investigators, determined that the incident was a homicide.

Further investigation revealed that the fire had been intentionally started in an effort to conceal the crime. Detectives identified Sephra’s boyfriend, Roger Lee Borud, as the suspect in the case.

Roger was apprehended on the same day of the incident by Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Deputies for burglary, home invasion, and probation violation in an unrelated investigation. The following day, on July 16, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division arrested Roger for open murder and first-degree arson.

Authorities are urging anyone with information about the homicide and arson to come forward and contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at (775) 463-6620 or via email at detective@lyon-county.org. The case reference number is 23LY03074. Alternatively, individuals can provide anonymous tips by contacting Secret Witness through their website or by calling or texting 775-322-4900.

The tragic incident has left the community shocked and saddened. Lyon County residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to law enforcement. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is working diligently to bring justice to Sephra Fitak and her loved ones..