UPDATE (September 21): Police said they arrested a man in connection with a woman whose body was found in the desert south of the valley.
Albertt Monterio, 21, was arrested by the Torrance Police Department in California on Saturday.
According to his arrest report, he was arrested after a traffic stop in Destiny Jackson’s vehicle. Her report confirmed her identity as the woman found dead on September 11.
Police say they tried to stop him when he fled and crashed the 2007 BMW into several vehicles and then fled on foot. He was arrested soon after.
In custody, he told police he lived in a short-term rental in Las Vegas, but was from southern California. Her only family connection in Las Vegas is her grandmother in the South Valley.
Monterio said he wanted to return to California, but did not own a vehicle and planned to rob someone. He contacted Jackson from a personal ad, according to the report, and she picked him up and drove them into the wilderness.
He said while she was in the driver’s seat, he said “I’m sorry” to Jackson and fired three shots. He then pushed his body close to Sloan and fled with his vehicle.
Police said they found his personal effects, along with two handguns and Jackson’s phone, in the vehicle.
Monterio will be extradited to Las Vegas where he will face an open murder count, Las Vegas police said.
The original story continues below.
SEVEN. 15: LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Las Vegas homicide detectives are investigating a body found south of the valley on Saturday.
At around 6 p.m. on September 11, police were called by a hiker who found a dead woman in a desert area near Sloan.
Officers said the body showed signs of foul play and called homicide detectives, police said in a press release Monday.
The woman is Destiny Jackson, 24, her family told FOX5.
“She was just the sweetest girl. She didn’t have a nasty bone in her body,” Jackson’s cousins said.
Jackson’s family received a call from police on Sunday saying the body was the 24-year-old.
“The cry that came from my aunt. No mother should ever receive that call. The sound that came from her was just devastating,” said Jackson’s cousin Gladys Toleafoa.
On Thursday night, Destiny posted several times on their Instagram story. Her cousins said at the last minute that she had dressed to go out. One of the videos shows Destiny in his car. He is still missing on Tuesday.
She had planned to pick up her boyfriend early on Friday. He waited several hours, but could not reach her.
Right away, the family sensed that all the signs pointed to the possible reality of a criminal act.
“It wasn’t like him not to warn her boyfriend, it wasn’t like him not to let his mom know she was okay and it wasn’t like him that her phone was turned off. knew something was wrong. okay, “Toleafoa said.
The family filed a missing person report, but said they still did not have a detective working on the case by the time her body was found the next day.
The family said they just wanted answers. The cousins told FOX5 they thought they knew who may have killed Destiny, but would not say so due to the ongoing investigation.
Information on the suspects was not immediately available. Anyone with information has been asked to contact the police at 702-828-3521 or [email protected] To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555, or crimestoppersofnv.com.
The family started a GoFundMe to help find justice for Jackson.
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