Naomi Irion's body found in remote area of northern Nevada, officials say

The 18-year-old was abducted on March 12
Naomi Irion
Posted at 11:00 AM, Mar 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-31 13:00:54-04

(KTNV) — Investigators in northern Nevada located the remains of Naomi Irion, sheriff's officials announced.

The 18-year-old was abducted from a Walmart parking lot on Fernley on March 12.

Following a tip, investigators went to a remote part of neighboring Churchill County on Tuesday and located a possible grave site, sheriff's officials said. The body of an "adult Caucasian female" was recovered from the site.

The body was transported to the Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, and on Wednesday, the remains were confirmed to be those of Naomi Irion, officials said.

Sheriff's officials said they could not release any additional information because their investigation is ongoing.

"We would like to extend our sympathy and condolences to the Irion family and thank all the volunteers for their hard work in trying to find Naomi and bring closure to the family," Lyon County officials said.

A suspect in Irion's disappearance, since identified as 41-year-old Troy Driver, was arrested March 25 on kidnapping charges. Driver appeared in court on Wednesday and a judge set his bond at $750,000.

Naomi Irion
Photos show Naomi Irion the morning she was last seen.

Irion had not been seen or heard from since her March 12 disappearance. Her car was located on March 15 along with evidence investigators said suggested a crime had been committed.

Churchill County abuts Nye County to the east and is home to Fallon, where Driver is from. Irion disappeared from Fernley, a small city in Lyon County, approximately 30 miles east of Reno.