Authorities in Nevada are desperately attempting to trace down a truck within the suspicious disappearance of an 18-year-old girl final seen at a rural Walmart.
Naomi Christine Irion, of Fernley, was final seen early Saturday within the parking zone of a Walmart the place she takes a bus to her close by job at Panasonic, in keeping with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Workplace.
Irion’s brother, Casey Valley, instructed reporters Thursday he noticed retailer surveillance video displaying a person approaching her 1992 Mercury Sable and motioning for her to slip into the passenger seat earlier than he obtained in and drove off.
“This particular person did say or do one thing to Naomi to make her transfer over from the driving force’s aspect to the passenger aspect,” Valley mentioned whereas flanked by Naomi’s sister, Tamara Cartwright, and her father, Herve Irion, who flew in from South Africa to affix his household.
Valley pleaded with anybody who had interactions with Naomi previously few months to contact sheriff’s officers as they proceed trying to find a suspect who could also be driving a darkish 2020 or newer Chevrolet Excessive Nation four-door pickup truck.
“Name the sheriff,” Valley mentioned. “We have to hear from you.”
Lyon County Sheriff Frank Hunewill mentioned Irion’s automobile was positioned hours later at an industrial park close to the Walmart in Fernley and proof discovered within the automobile indicated her disappearance was suspicious.
“We’ll proceed to launch info because it turns into obtainable,” Hunewill mentioned. “Proper now, every little thing that we all know has been put on the market.”
Herve Irion mentioned he believed his daughter was at risk and requested for assist from the neighborhood within the type of tips on her whereabouts.
“Naomi’s not a fighter, that means the man who pushed her into her automobile — she froze, she didn’t do something,” he mentioned. “She simply froze.”
Cartwright mentioned her sister was very lively on social media, together with Instagram, the place she had some 500 followers, in addition to a second “non-public” account.
“Please for those who see something on social media that appears like her, for those who see something that appears like this truck, please I want you to name the sheriff’s division or the nameless tip line,” Cartwright mentioned. “Please — I want you to do that.”
Irion mentioned Naomi is an extrovert, maybe “too trusting” of some individuals she met. Cartwright, in the meantime, fears that outgoing nature could have gotten her into hassle.
“She loves individuals, she loves individuals a lot, that’s why she’s so trusting,” Cartwright mentioned. “She’ll do something to assist individuals. I’m so afraid that somebody betrayed her belief.”
Sheriff’s officers have launched images of the truck being sought, in addition to photos of Irion at a comfort retailer simply earlier than her household thinks she was kidnapped.
“When she didn’t come residence on Sunday, I knew one thing was flawed,” Valley mentioned.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Division and FBI brokers searched an space in Wadsworth late Thursday for doable proof tied to Naomi’s disappearance, division officers mentioned.
“We’re nonetheless actively trying to find any suggestions and proof on Naomi’s disappearance,” the division mentioned in a separate assertion.
Anybody with info on Irion’s whereabouts ought to name the sheriff’s workplace at (775) 577-5206 or Secret Witness of Northern Nevada at (775) 322-4900.