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Naomi Irion, 18, found deceased in Nevada after being kidnapped from Walmart parking lot: police

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Naomi Irion, an 18-year-old woman who police say was abducted from a Walmart parking lot in Nevada earlier this month, was found deceased this week in Churchill County. 

Investigators from the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about Irion’s disappearance on Tuesday that led them to a potential grave site. 

“The body of an adult Caucasian female was recovered from that grave site, the body was transported to the Washoe County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy and to confirm identification,” the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday evening. 

“On March 30, 2022, the remains were confirmed as those of Naomi Irion, the family has been notified.”

Troy Driver, 41, was arrested last week and charged with first-degree kidnapping in connection to Irion’s disappearance. Lyon County Judge Lori Matheus set his bail at $750,000 during a hearing on Wednesday. 

Irion grew up in several countries with her family as her dad works for the U.S. State Department in the foreign service. 

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She moved from South Africa to Nevada last August and was living with her brother, Casey Valley, in Nevada. 

On the morning of March 12, she parked her car in a Walmart parking lot and was planning to catch an employee bus to her job at a Panasonic factory, but the FBI said she was “abducted.”

Kidnapping suspect Troy Driver was arrested and charged with first-degree kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of Naomi Irion.  

Kidnapping suspect Troy Driver was arrested and charged with first-degree kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of Naomi Irion.  
(Lyon County Sheriff’s Office)

Surveillance footage released by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office shows a suspect walking from a nearby homeless camp to the parking lot and getting into the driver’s seat of Irion’s car, then driving away in an “unknown direction with Naomi in the passenger seat.”

It is unclear if the person on the surveillance footage is Driver. 

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Police located Irion’s vehicle in Fernley, Nevada, on March 15, three days after she was last seen in the parking lot. 

Police released this surveillance footage of a suspect in Irion's kidnapping. 

Police released this surveillance footage of a suspect in Irion’s kidnapping. 
(Lyon County Sheriff)

Driver sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1997 for his role in covering up a murder and a string of robberies, according to local records obtained by News 4 and FOX 11 Reno.

“The reason I don’t think he’s talking, and it’s kind of an assumption on my part… this suspect is familiar with the criminal justice system, intimately,” Casey Valley, Irion’s brother previously told Fox News Digital. 

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Irion’s sister wrote on Twitter Wednesday evening, “Love you forever,” and, “This is the worst day of my life.”

Anyone with information about Irion’s disappearance can call your local FBI field office or the Lyon Sheriff’s office at 775-463-6620. 

Fox News’s Audrey Conklin contributed to this report. 



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Landmark national security trial of Hong Kong democracy activists begins. Here's what you need to know

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Some were seasoned politicians and veteran protest leaders. Others were academics, unionists and health care workers. They hailed from different generations and held a range of political views, but were brought together by what they say was a shared commitment to Hong Kong’s democratic future.



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Texas deputies stop driver hauling 13 illegal immigrants wearing camouflage clothing

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Deputies in Zavala County, Texas, caught nearly two dozen illegal immigrants during four separate traffic stops early Sunday, including 13 migrants smuggled in a pickup truck while cloaked in camouflage clothing, authorities said.

In total, the sheriff’s office said it apprehended 22 illegal immigrants, while 10 others fled after bailing from the vehicles.

In one case, the sheriff’s office said a deputy stopped a black Chevy pickup for a traffic violation on U.S. 57 east of La Pryor. As the deputy went to speak with the driver, he spotted multiple individuals wearing camouflage clothing lying in the bed of the truck.

The deputy then found more individuals inside the vehicle with the driver, who claimed they were all her cousins, according to officials.

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Illegal immigrants dressed in camouflage were being smuggled into the country by a Texas woman on Highway 57, police said.

Illegal immigrants dressed in camouflage were being smuggled into the country by a Texas woman on Highway 57, police said. (Zavala County Sheriff’s Office)

The driver, Samantha Renee Dela Fuente of San Antonio, was charged with smuggling, FOX29 San Antonio reported. Officials said the 13 undocumented individuals were turned over to Uvalde Border Patrol.

In a second incident, a deputy pulled over a Chrysler van for a traffic violation. When the deputy exited his cruiser to approach the vehicle, it sped away and prompted a short pursuit.

Deputies found 13 illegal immigrants dressed in camouflage in a pickup truck.

Deputies found 13 illegal immigrants dressed in camouflage in a pickup truck. (Zavala County Sheriff’s Office)

The driver eventually bailed, and three illegal immigrants were apprehended. Deputies said five other undocumented individuals had fled the scene.

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Deputies said two other illegal immigrants were found hidden in the back of an SUV during a traffic stop on U.S. 57 east of Batesville. The driver had bailed and fled.

Deputies arrested the driver, who was not immediately identified, and turned over the illegal immigrants to Border Patrol officials.

Deputies arrested the driver, who was not immediately identified, and turned over the illegal immigrants to Border Patrol officials. (Zavala County Sheriff’s Office)

A fourth traffic stop on a blue Chevy Malibu resulted in another short chase until the driver and other individuals bailed from the vehicle into the brush at the West Wind Ranch, the sheriff’s office said.

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Deputies apprehended three individuals while about five other suspected illegal immigrants escaped.

All the apprehended illegal immigrants were turned over to Border Patrol, the sheriff’s office said.



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Britishvolt: UK battery start-up set to be bought by Australian firm

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Building this battery plant is seen as absolutely vital to securing the future of UK car manufacturing. But the last time an ambitious start-up, with unproven technology led by people unheard of in the battery and car world, attempted this it ended up in the spectacular failure of Britishvolt, which collapsed into administration last month.



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