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Suspect Arrested in Case of Bullet-Riddled Corpse Found in Sleeping Bag in the Nevada Desert

A suspect has been arrested together with the homicide of a Nevada man whose bullet-riddled corpse was discovered wrapped in a sleeping bag within the desert.

The physique of Raul James Salazar, 47, was found September 20 by Red Rock Search and Rescue off Lake Mead Boulevard, east of Las Vegas. The workforce was on the hunt for an additional lacking individuals after they stumbled upon Salazar unexpectedly.

After murder detectives with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department examined the scene, they decided that Salazar had been shot and killed in one other location and his corpse transported to the desert. His id was launched to the general public in hopes of serving to authorities establish his killer.

On Tuesday, authorities arrested 19-year-old Michael Miller on suspicion of Salazar’s homicide. Miller was taken him with out incident from the 4600 block of Stacey Avenue, close to West Lake Mead and North Decatur boulevards.

Suspect Arrested in Case of Bullet-Riddled Corpse Found in Sleeping Bag in the Nevada Desert
Murder suspect Michael Miller Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Miller was severely burned in an condo hearth In July of 2003, that additionally killed his 4-year-old cousin. In addition to struggling facial disfigurement, he additionally has required using a wheelchair.

Miller’s uncle instructed the Las Vegas Review-Journal that his nephew had spent a part of his childhood homeless on the west facet of the Las Vegas valley. He additionally stated Miller by no means talked about Salazar to him, and the older man didn’t match the outline of any of his mates.

However, 8 News Now experiences that, in response to different family and friends, Miller had been dwelling with Salazar on the time of his dying. The extent of their relationship or a doable motive has not been launched, nonetheless.

Salazar’s brother instructed 8 News Now that Salazar was a devoted soccer coach who beloved and cared for youngsters.

Miller is being held with out bail at Clark County Detention Center. He will seem in court docket on September 27 for an preliminary listening to, the place he might be formally charged. Police didn’t point out if they’re searching for any further suspects.

Earlier within the month, a girl’s physique was found in a 55-gallon drum within the southwest Las Vegas valley. Chuck Chaiyakul, 38, was arrested on suspicion of open homicide after police discovered the physique of Jennifer Ann Ratay, 39, in a barrel in his storage.

Her explanation for dying was listed as a number of gunshot wounds, in response to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police. Investigators say they obtained a name from a person who stated Ratay, who had been lacking since August 29, was on the home. The caller stated he might hear arguing and a doable wrestle earlier than the telephone disconnected.

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