Naomi Irion made headlines in March 2022 when she was kidnapped from a Walmart parking lot in Nevada while waiting for a shuttle to her job.
Her story ended tragically two weeks after she was reported missing, when her body was discovered.
Who was Naomi Irion?
Naomi Irion, 18, was one of seven siblings, three of whom were boys aged 8 to 13, who were adopted from Ukraine three years ago.
Her stepfather is a diplomat and her mother is a teacher in Pretoria, South Africa, where she graduated from high school.
She moved to Fernley, Nevada, to live with her older brother Casey Valley, a Navy veteran, after graduating last year.
Following her kidnapping, Casey told The Independent, “I feel like I failed [to] prepare Naomi for this evil world.” “I’m the older brother.”
He also told the publication that he hoped she would return, adding, “She is very stubborn…
I’m sure whoever is dealing with her at the moment is dealing with that.”
Naomi worked for Panasonic and was in her car scrolling social media while waiting for the shuttle when she was approached by a masked, hooded man.
According to Casey, who was one of the few people who saw the entire video outside of police, the man did or said something that caused his sister to move to the passenger seat.
The car vanished into the early morning darkness as it passed out of view of the camera, with the man behind the wheel.
Detectives discovered her car two days after she vanished, less than a mile from the Walmart parking lot.
According to a March 15 Facebook post, police said evidence in her car suggests “Naomi’s disappearance is criminal in nature.”
What was Naomi’s cause of death?
Naomi’s body was discovered on March 31, 2022, according to authorities.
According to CNN, she was discovered after investigators were dispatched to a remote area of Churchill County following a tip.
“Their investigative actions led them to a possible gravesite, and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Investigative Services team was contacted and responded to assist in processing the scene,” the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said in a joint statement.
“We would like to express our condolences to the Irion family and thank all of the volunteers for their efforts in locating Naomi and bringing closure to the family,” the statement continued.
“On these cases, the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office will continue to collaborate closely.”
At this time, the exact cause of death has not been revealed, but it is expected to be revealed following an autopsy.