Body of missing Nevada teenager Naomi Irion found in rural ‘grave’, authorities say


Naomi Irion, 18, was last seen on March 12.

The body of a Nevada teenager who was allegedly kidnapped from a Walmart parking lot more than two weeks ago has been found, authorities said.

Naomi Irion, 18, was last seen in her car outside a Walmart in Fernley, Nevada, near Reno, on March 12, according to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. Surveillance video captured a man getting into the driver’s seat of his car and driving off in an unknown direction with Irion in the passenger seat.

A clue to her disappearance led investigators to a remote part of nearby Churchill County on Tuesday, where they found a “possible burial site” and recovered the body of a woman from the scene, authorities said. On Wednesday, the remains were identified as those of Irion by the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office.

No further information is being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation, authorities said.

“We would like to express our sympathy and condolences to the Irion family and thank all of the volunteers for their hard work in trying to find Naomi and end the family,” said the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office in a statement. joint statement.

Irion was expecting a shuttle on March 12 around 5 a.m. to take him to his job at Panasonic Energy of North America in the Reno area. Her brother reported her missing the next day when she was not home from work.

The sheriff’s office initially called her disappearance “suspicious in nature.” After locating her car on March 15 in an industrial park about a mile from Walmart, the sheriff’s office said investigators found evidence to suggest her disappearance was “criminal in nature.”

A suspect in the alleged kidnapping was arrested last week. Troy Driver, 41, of Fallon, Nevada, has been charged with first-degree kidnapping and is being held on $750,000 bond after his first court appearance on Wednesday, according to Reno ABC affiliate KOLO.

The FBI was offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to Irion’s location. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office also released multiple photos and a video of the man who authorities say entered Irion’s car in hopes of identifying him.

The driver’s next hearing is scheduled for April 5, KOLO reported.

ABC News’ Alex Stone contributed to this report.

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