Missing Nevada teen’s body found – Accused kidnapper now faces murder and other charges
We must report a sad end to the frantic search for a missing Nevada teenager after she went missing early in the morning. Walmart parking lot.
Naomi Irion was waiting in the supermarket parking lot in Fernley, Nevada at about 5 a.m. local time on March 12 when she disappeared. As we previously reported, security camera footage from outside Walmart shows the 18-year-old woman sitting in her car when approached by a mysterious man who said or did the wrong thing. something to access the inside of her car.
From there, Irion can be seen in the footage moving from the driver’s seat to the passenger side. The man got in the car, and the couple drove off. Irion was reported missing the next day, and her car was found in a separate location a few days later, but the young woman was gone.
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Sadly, on March 29, investigators found remains at a crime scene in Churchill County, Nevada, about 150 kilometers from where Irion was first kidnapped in the city of Fernley. Forensic investigators were called to the site, where they were able to determine that the remains were those of the teenager, confirming her tragic death after two weeks of uncertainty following the shocking disappearance.
Following the discovery, the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office, where Irion’s body was found, issued a joint statement with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, who had the authority to where she had originally disappeared. . In a statement sent to the media this weekend, the two offices confirmed that the remains were that of Irion and that her death was treated as a homicide. However, they have remained tight-lipped about the investigation, even refusing to reveal the probable cause of death as they continue to work on the identity of the attacker:
“[Homicide detectives’] Investigative activities led them to a possible grave site, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Investigation Service was contacted and responded to assist with scene processing.
But now, just days after Irion’s body was discovered far from where she was originally missing, police have arrested and charged a man in the case.
Driver Troy (pictured in his photo, above) was initially arrested in connection with Irion’s disappearance on March 25 and charged with kidnapping. After police found Irion’s body four days later, Driver’s charges were revised, and he now faces other charges such as murder, burglary and destruction of evidence, according to the Office. Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. Driver is currently in police custody at the Lyon County Jail as the investigation into the circumstances of Irion’s death continues.
Based on Sun, The driver’s past includes a role in a 1997 murder in northern California. According to the source, police records show that Driver was charged with murder that year in the Ukiah area in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old man named Paul Steven Rodriguez. Rodriguez is a well-known “ice dealer” in the area who was shot in the head by his 17-year-old girlfriend. The driver, who was 17 at the time, is said to have helped the woman load Rodriguez’s body into a car and drive it to nearby Mendocino County, where it was dumped.
For his supporting role in that case, Driver was sentenced to 15 years in prison; The Outlet reports that he served 12 years of that sentence before being released. The news organization further reported that Driver had other charges on his rap, including several counts of burglary and robbery also in northern California.
Here’s more about the tragedy surrounding Irion’s death, from News KTVN 2 (below):
What a terrible situation.
Our hearts go out to Naomi’s family, friends and loved ones during this unimaginably horrible time.
REST IN PEACE
[Image via KTVN 2 News/YouTube]