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Man accused of abducting woman from Walmart parking lot charged with murder


A Nevada man accused of kidnapping an 18-year-old woman from a Walmart parking lot has been charged with murder, authorities said.

The charge comes days after the woman, Naomi Irion, was found dead in a secluded grave near Reno. A cause of death has not been released.

The suspect, Troy Driver, was arrested last week for kidnapping. He is now also charged with open murder with a deadly weapon, theft, burglary and destruction of evidence, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Friday. Driver, 41, remains detained in the Lyon remand center.

Prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint that Driver abducted Irion on March 12 “for the purpose of committing sexual assault and/or for the purpose of killing her,” NBC affiliate KRNV reported.

Naomi Christine Irion.FBI

Irion disappeared shortly after 5am while sitting in her car in the parking lot of a Walmart in Fernley. Her brother, Casey Valley, 32, said surveillance video captured a man wearing a mask and hoodie walking around his car before forcing his way in.

His car was found in an industrial estate in Fernley.

Churchill and Lyon county sheriff’s offices said investigators located Irion’s body after receiving a tip.

“We would like to express our sympathy and condolences to the Irion family and thank all of the volunteers for their hard work trying to find Naomi and bring the family closer together,” a joint statement said.

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