Accused Kidnapper in Northern Nevada Now Faces Murder Charge | Nevada News

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By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A rural Nevada man who was jailed a week ago on a kidnapping charge is now accused of killing the 18-year-old woman whose body was found this week in a remote grave in northern Nevada’s high desert, sheriff’s detectives said Friday.

Lyon County sheriff’s detectives booked Troy Driver of Fernley, on additional charges Friday including open murder with use of a deadly weapon at the Lyon County Jail in Fernley where he’s been held on $750,000 bail since March 25.

Driver, who has a violent criminal history and served more than a decade in prison in California, also was charged Friday with robbery, burglary and destruction of evidence.

Naomi Irion of Fernley had been missing since March 12 when surveillance video showed a masked man wearing a hooded sweatshirt get into her car at about 5:25 a.m. in a Walmart parking lot in Fernley about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Reno.

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After Driver’s arrest last Friday, investigators acting on a tip found human remains in a gravesite Tuesday in a remote area in neighboring Churchill County northeast of Fallon. An autopsy the next day confirmed it was Irion.

Lyon County Sgt. Bret Willey said in announcing the new charges on Friday that the investigation is continuing but no other details would be immediately released.

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