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Coroner’s office ID’s suicide victim

A man under investigation as a “person of interest” in a homicide case and who was found dead in a mobile home Monday was identified as 23-year-old George Marcos Calzada III by the Clark County coroner’s office.

The coroner’s office on Tuesday also revealed that Calzada’s death was a suicide.

Las Vegas police said they went to Sunrise Mobile Home Community, at 6223 E. Sahara Ave., near Nellis Boulevard, about 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts said police, armed with a search warrant, attempted to speak with Calzada who never opened his door. Police then called the SWAT unit and evacuated the park.

Several hours later, police heard a gunshot and found Calzada dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the home.

Calzada was being investigated in connection with the death of 18-year-old Jahri Cheatham of Las Vegas.

According to published reports, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officers found Cheatham’s body on Oct. 16.

The teenager was found 15 miles east of Baker, Calif., Roberts said.

Las Vegas police eventually took over the case and had a strong suspicion Calzada was with Cheatham the day he died.

They also believed Calzada transported Cheatham to California.

“He had been shot in the back and in the head,” Roberts said of Cheatham. “He was basically dumped out there.”

Roberts said that although Calzada is dead, the investigation involving Calzada and the slaying will continue.

“He didn’t know we were looking at him as a person of interest,” Roberts said of Calzada. “We’re pretty convinced he’s going to be our suspect.”

Contact reporter Antonio Planas at aplanas@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4638.

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