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Nevada Teen Naomi Irion Was Shot In Head And Chest, Authorities Say

Troy Driver, the man accused of kidnapping and killing Nevada teenager Naomi Irion, allegedly tried to conceal his alleged involvement in the murder by disposing of the tires on his truck and concealing or destroying the teen's cell phone.

By Jill Sederstrom
Suspect Charged With Murder In Death Of Naomi Irion

Nevada teen Naomi Irion was shot in the head and chest before she was buried in a remote makeshift grave, according to authorities.

An amended criminal complaint by Lyon County District Attorney Stephen Rye provides new details in the grisly slaying, revealing that Troy Driver—the man accused of kidnapping and killing the 18-year-old—allegedly disposed of the tires on his truck to cover up the crime.

Driver also allegedly destroyed or concealed Irion’s cell phone in multiple counties throughout Nevada, according to the complaint obtained by Oxygen.com.

Authorities said Driver is suspected of killing Irion with a firearm sometime between March 12 and March 25 in a rural portion of Northern Churchill County after kidnapping the teenager from a Walmart parking lot in Fernley, Nevada in the early morning hours of March 12.

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Driver is accused of abducting the 18-year-old “for the purpose of committing sexual assault and/or for the purpose of killing her,” the complaint alleges.

Surveillance footage from the Walmart parking lot, where Irion had been waiting for a shuttle to her job at Panasonic, captured a man wearing a hooded jacket or sweatshirt approach Irion’s vehicle and force his way into the driver’s seat before driving off a minute later, according to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators discovered the vehicle abandoned three days later next to the Sherman Williams Western Emulsion plant, not far from the Walmart, according to the FBI.

Driver was arrested on March 25 and was initially charged with kidnapping the teen, but the 41-year-old is now facing additional charges of first-degree murder, robbery, burglary of a motor vehicle and destroying evidence after Irion’s body was discovered in a remote “gravesite” on March 29.

The Churchill County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that Irion had been killed by gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

“The investigation is still ongoing, and information that can be released is limited,” they added.

Driver’s pre-trial hearing was originally scheduled for April but has been pushed back to May 10 after a joint request from Lyon County prosecutors and Driver’s defense attorney, KRNV reports.

Driver has a prior criminal record and was sentenced to 15 years behind bars for helping dispose of a body in the 1997 murder of a methamphetamine dealer who had been killed by his girlfriend, according to records obtained by KRNV.

He also pleaded guilty to charges related to the burglary of a hardware store and robberies of gas stations, the outlet reports.