A Nevada woman may have been abducted in her own car by a hooded man in a Walmart parking lot near Reno.
Police have released stills from surveillance footage showing a hooded man walking from a nearby homeless camp, standing around a line of vehicles, then getting into 18-year-old Naomi Irion’s car and driving away with her passenger seat.
“It looked like a clear kidnapping to me,” said Casey Valley, 32, brother of Ms. Irion ABC news.
“Some monster took her and you don’t know what happened, you don’t know where they are and nobody noticed that she was missing,” said mother Diana Irion.
Ms Irion was last seen at 5 a.m. Saturday at a Walmart lot in Fernley, near Reno, Nevada, waiting for a shuttle bus to take her to work, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday with.
KRNV reported that Ms Irion worked at Panasonic and would park her car at Walmart before taking the bus to work.
Her family called the police when she failed to show up for work and did not return home.
“They confirmed that she missed her shifts on Saturday and Sunday, which was really unusual,” Ms Irion said. “My daughter was extremely reliable.”
The sheriff’s office says a person seen in surveillance footage may be involved in the teen’s disappearance.
On Thursday, investigators revealed the man said or did something to get Ms Irion to move from the driver’s side to the passenger side of the vehicle.
“She’s not a fighter, which means the guy who pushed her into a car froze. She hasn’t done anything. She just froze,” her brother told reporters while standing alongside detectives and the local sheriff.
“We can work this out real quick, and Detective, correct me if I’m wrong. We’re not saying that this person was necessarily a homeless person. He came from this direction. Like, but so, but it’s enough of something just stating that it’s worth mentioning. That person said or did something to Naomi to make her switch from the driver’s side to the passenger side,” he added.
Police said they found the vehicle abandoned in a nearby industrial area on Tuesday. While investigators have declined to say what they found in the car, they have said evidence indicates Ms Irion disappeared for a crime.
They added that they believe a truck driver may be linked to Ms Irion’s disappearance. Police believe a man driving a fairly new, dark-colored Chevrolet High Country pickup truck may know the whereabouts of the 18-year-old.
“We must not lose sight of what is really important,” Mr. Valley said loudly ABC. “And this is Naomi’s life and time is ticking, we’re running out of time.”
The brother said Ms Irion moved to Fernley, east of Reno, in August last year. Her father Herve and her mother live in South Africa.
“We ask that you contact the authorities if you have any information,” the father said during a news conference on Thursday. The family said they did not recognize the hooded man depicted in the stills from the security footage police reviewed.
Mr Valley told NBC News on Thursday that the suspect was hooded and wearing a mask, according to security footage.
“He drove around the parking lot, maybe to make sure there were no witnesses,” Mr. Valley said. “He got behind the car and entered the driver’s side of the car. Maybe her door was unlocked. He either said or did something to get her in the passenger seat and then he drove her car away in an unknown direction.”
“The forensic evidence discovered to date leads Lyon County investigators to continue to believe that Naomi’s disappearance is suspicious in nature,” the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
They added that the office is “collecting any information regarding the disappearance and whereabouts of Naomi Irion, the Chevrolet pickup vehicle, and/or any information regarding possible contacts individuals may have had with Naomi.”
Lyon County Sheriff Frank Hunewill said during a Thursday news conference that “we don’t know if this guy is homeless or not because we don’t know who he is yet,” adding that “we don’t know.” where his truck is”.
Sibling Tamara Cartwright said that Mrs. Irion “loves people so much. And that’s why she’s so trusting.”
“I’m so scared that someone has betrayed their trust,” she added.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/naomi-irion-missing-reno-nevada-b2038965.html Naomi Irion: Missing woman hunted down as video shows hooded man ‘kidnapping’ her in Walmart parking lot