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Police investigating body found in central valley

Updated April 2, 2017 - 12:26 am

A 911 caller’s tip helped lead Las Vegas police to the scene of a 65-year-old woman’s suspicious death Saturday.

A man called 911 about 2:05 p.m. and told dispatchers he had “information on a dead body” and that he learned of “a victim of a possible homicide” earlier Saturday, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Dan McGrath said.

Patrol officers met with the 911 caller, who directed them to a small apartment unit inside the Ethel Mae Robinson Senior Apartments at 1327 H St., near West Owens Avenue. Evidence of a violent struggle could be seen throughout the apartment, police said.

That’s when Metro’s homicide unit and the Clark County coroner were called to look into the woman’s death, police said.

Metro’s initial investigation showed the woman was “beaten and possibly strangled,” McGrath said.

“There’s no question” that the woman’s death will be ruled a homicide, he told reporters at the scene. “It’s not a natural death.”

On scene, investigators were speaking to the 911 caller to pinpoint how he got wind of the woman’s death. He also told police he may have the name of the suspect.

“He’s being vetted by our detectives,” McGrath said.

Neighbors told reporters police were at the apartment the night before. McGrath confirmed Metro officers were called to the complex Friday night and early Saturday when a white pickup truck rammed into several parked vehicles in the parking lot. The truck had to be towed, he added.

Dispatch logs show patrol officers responded to the senior apartments two separate times just before 10:40 p.m. Friday for reports of an accident and unknown trouble, and again early Saturday for a domestic disturbance about 2:15 a.m.

But McGrath said he couldn’t say whether the incidents were related.

Homicide investigators are scouring video footage from surveillance in and around the apartment complex, McGrath said, pointing out surveillance cameras near the entrance of each building to reporters at the scene.

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, McGrath said he expected detectives would be investigating for another four or five hours in order to piece together a clearer picture of what preceded the woman’s death.

This is the 46th homicide in Clark County in 2017 and the 40th investigated by Metro.

Contact Rio Lacanlale at rlacanlale@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @riolacanlale on Twitter.

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