The story of a young Nevada woman who captured national headlines when she went missing more than two weeks ago has ended tragically.
Nevada authorities said late Wednesday night they recovered the body of 18-year-old Naomi Irion on Tuesday from a gravesite in what was described as a remote part of Churchill County.
They said an autopsy confirmed Wednesday that it was Irion.
A 41-year-old Nevada man, Troy Driver, has been arrested and charged with kidnapping in her disappearance. Earlier Wednesday his bond was set at $750,000.
Irion disappeared from a Wal-Mart parking lot at around 5:30 a.m. on March 12. She was reportedly waiting there for a shuttle to her job at Panasonic. Surveillance footage showed a masked and hooded man pacing the parking lot before finally approaching her car from behind. He appeared to say something to Irion, who moved over to allow the man to get in on the driver’s seat. The car then drove away out of the parking lot. Her car was later found on March 15 about a mile away from the Wal-Mart in what was described as an “industrial park.”
Authorities reportedly received a tip Tuesday that led them to the gravesite in Churchill County. No further details were provided.
“We would like to extend our sympathy and condolences to the Irion family and thank all the volunteers for their hard work in trying to find Naomi and bring closure to their family,” the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said in a joint statement late Wednesday.
The agencies said in the statement that they would continue to work together on the case.