The badly decomposed body of a 27-year- old women was discovered by a man driving an all-terrain on a dirt trail in the desert nearby Pahrump, Nevada on September 25th. Margay Edwards had been last heard from on September 14th when she had phoned her parents who said she was visiting a man and women who she had met a year earlier. The case is being investigated by the Nye County, Nevada Sheriff’s Department and possibly other agencies but they are providing few details about the discovery including the cause of death. No suspects have been identified although the Pahrump man and women are likely to be questioned. Edwards grew up in Los Osos, California and attended high school in nearby Morro Bay where she graduated in 2005. She was a superior basketball player in her senior year and was enrolled at San Diego State University where she was expected to excel as she did in high school. At the time of her death she was driving a rented metallic blue Hyundai Accent, License Plate Number 7ESZ966.
NEVADA DESERT: DUMPING GROUNDS FOR MURDER VICTIMS?
Although there is inconclusive evidence to support the claim that deserts in Nevada are used by design for dumping bodies after murder, the locale sure seems handy; the areas are often remote and conducive to rapid deterioration a process useful to one trying to avoid detection. Yet, Las Vegas is a city known for desert “burial” grounds both in fictional portrayals and realistically. Famous scenes depicted in movies like “Casino” dramatize the dumping aspect of the desert. Records from officials in Clark County, Nevada show that about 148 bodies (or skeletal remains) have been found in the area dating back to the 1950’s- 37 of which are thought to be the product of murder. Of those, 22 were believed to be female victims. Statistics show that there were about 76 murders in Las Vegas (5.1% per 100,000 people) and 116 statewide in 2012. The numbers have risen since- some sources say the number in Las Vegas in 2013 was about 115. However, percentages based upon permanent population figures, are skewed since thousands of tourists visit the area daily and their crimes are counted.
UPDATE: The Nye County Sheriff’s Office initially determined Margay Edward’s death to be suspicious but they never found any indicia of foul play. The investigation although technically open, remains for practical purposes, closed with no findings of criminal activity.