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Naomi Irion, an 18-year-old woman who police say was kidnapped earlier this month from a Walmart parking lot in Nevada, was found dead this week in Churchill County.
Churchill County Sheriff’s Office investigators received a tip on Tuesday about Irion’s disappearance that led them to a possible grave.
“The body of an adult white woman was recovered from that grave, the body was transported to the Washoe County Medical Examiners Office for autopsy and to confirm identification,” the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday evening.
“On March 30, 2022, the remains were confirmed as those of Naomi Irion, the family has been notified.”
Troy Driver, 41, was arrested last week and charged with first-degree kidnapping in connection with Irion’s disappearance. Judge Lori Matheus of Lyon set his bail at $750,000 on Wednesday.
Irion grew up with her family in different countries while her father works for the United States Department of State.
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She moved from South Africa to Nevada last August and lived with her brother Casey Valley in Nevada.
On the morning of March 12, she parked her car in a Walmart parking lot and planned to take an employee bus to work at a Panasonic factory, but the FBI said she had been “kidnapped.”
Surveillance footage released by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office shows a suspect walking from a nearby homeless camp to the parking lot and getting into the driver’s seat of Irion’s car, then driving off in an “unknown direction with Naomi in the passenger seat.”
It is not clear whether the person in the surveillance images is the driver.
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Police found Irion’s vehicle in Fernley, Nevada, on March 15, three days after she was last seen in the parking lot.
Driver sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1997 for his role in covering up a murder and series of robberies, according to local records obtained by News 4 and FOX 11 Reno†
“The reason I don’t think he’s talking, and it’s kind of an assumption on my part…this suspect is well versed in the criminal justice system,” Casey Valley, Irion’s brother, previously told Fox News Digital.
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Irion’s sister wrote on Twitter Wednesday night: “I love you forever,” and “This is the worst day of my life.”
Anyone with information about Irion’s disappearance can call the local FBI office or the Lyon Sheriff’s Office at 775-463-6620.
Audrey Conklin of Fox News contributed to this report.