New Charge for Man Accused of Abducting Nevada Teen

Troy Driver has now been charged with murder in the case of 18-year-old Naomi Irion
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2022 12:00 AM CDT
Updated Apr 2, 2022 5:30 AM CDT
Naomi Irion Found Dead Weeks After Her Abduction
This photo taken from store surveillance video and provided by the Lyon County Sheriff's Office, shows Naomi Irion, of Fernley, Nev., making a purchase shortly before authorities say she disappeared before dawn on Saturday, March 12, 2022.   (Lyon County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

(Newser) Update: Troy Driver had already been charged with kidnapping in the case of Naomi Irion, the Nevada 18-year-old whose body was found more than two weeks after she was taken from a Walmart parking lot. Now, the 41-year-old has been hit with a murder charge as well, reports CBS News. The full set of charges against Driver, who's being held at the Lyon County Jail on $750,000 bail, includes open murder with use of a deadly weapon, robbery, and destruction of evidence, per a release from the Lyon County Sheriff's Office. The investigation is ongoing. Our original story from Thursday follows:

Just over two weeks after she was abducted from a Walmart parking lot in Nevada, Naomi Irion has been found dead. Acting on a tip they received Tuesday, investigators found a potential grave site in a remote part of Churchill County, which neighbors Lyon County, where Irion, 18, was waiting for an employee shuttle to her job when a man forced his way into her vehicle and drove off with her. "The body of an adult caucasian female was recovered from that grave site, the body was transported to the Washoe County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy," the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday night. The medical examiner's office also on Wednesday identified the remains as Irion's, Fox News reports.

Troy Driver, 41, was arrested last week and charged with kidnapping Irion; police say surveillance video shows a suspect walking to her car from a nearby homeless camp. A criminal complaint obtained by News 4 alleges he "did abduct Naomi Irion and did hold or detain her for the purpose of committing sexual assault and/or for the purpose of killing her." Driver was in 1997 sentenced to 15 years behind bars for helping to cover up a murder and multiple robberies; he was released in 2012, and was on parole until 2014. He's currently being held on $750,000 bail, and if he posts it, he will only be released with a GPS monitoring device and enhanced supervision, CNN reports. (Read more Nevada stories.)

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