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FBI Offers $10,000 Reward In Naomi Irion Disappearance
Authorities continue to search for 18-year-old Naomi Irion after she was abducted from a Walmart parking lot earlier this month.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information about the location of missing Nevada teenager Naomi Irion, just days after the arrest of a man suspected of kidnapping the 18-year-old.
Troy Driver, 41, was arrested on Friday on charges of kidnapping in connection to Irion’s disappearance, but the search for the teenager remains ongoing, according to a statement from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.
“This is still a very active investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available,” authorities said. “Naomi has still not been located and we are continuing to search for her and information.”
Driver, who was taken into custody at a Fallon home on Friday, is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday afternoon, KRNV reports. Investigators have also seized his new Chevy truck, which they believe could be connected to the crime.
Irion was abducted in the early morning hours of March 12, as she was waiting in her car at a Walmart parking lot for a shuttle to her job at Panasonic.
Lyon County Sheriff’s Det. Erik Kusmerz said at a press conference last week that the teenager pulled into the parking lot around 5 a.m. and spent time on social media from 5:09 a.m. to 5:23 a.m., until a man authorities have described as “lurking” in the parking approached her vehicle and got in around 5:24 a.m., according to CNN. The vehicle drove out of the parking lot a minute later.
Irion’s car was found abandoned three days later next to the Sherwin-Williams Western Emulsion Plant, not far from the Walmart, authorities said.
Irion’s older brother, Casey Valley, has said surveillance footage from that morning showed a man, wearing a mask and hoodie, circle Irion’s car “maybe to make sure there were no witnesses” before he got into the driver’s seat, according to NBC News.
“He came up behind the car and forced his way into the driver’s side of the car,” Valley said. “Maybe her door was unlocked. He either said or did something to make her move to the passenger seat, and then he drove her car away into an unknown direction.”
Naomi was last seen wearing a blue Panasonic company shirt, gray cardigan sweater, grey pants and brown boots. She is described as having dyed black hair, green eyes, a septum piercing and a smiley face tattoo on her right ankle.
The FBI has said her iPhone, either a 10 or 11 model, also remains missing.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to contact authorities.
Lyon is currently being held at the Lyon County Jail on $750,000 bail.