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Deborah Flores-Narvaez: Death of a Showgirl

The Mystery Deepens

Flores-Narvaez's missing car
Flores-Narvaez's missing car

On Wednesday, December 15, 2010, Theresa Howey called LVMPD again and this time spoke with an officer from Code Enforcement about the car in the backyard. After describing the vehicle in detail, Code Enforcement officers paid her a visit. When they saw the car, they believed it was the one described in the flier distributed by the Missing Persons Detail. One of the officers contacted dispatch and provided the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). A short time later they received a hit from the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) indicating that the mystery car, the rear license plate of which had been removed, was indeed Deborah Flores-Narvaez's Chevrolet Prism.

Flores-Narvaez missing poster
Flores-Narvaez missing poster

After making the NCIC hit, crime scene analysts went to the location to begin processing the car's exterior before moving it to a more secure location, the idea being to collect and preserve any evidence that might be present on the outside of the car. The car's trunk was opened at that time so that police could verify that Flores-Narvaez was not inside. As it turned out, she was not. After a crime scene technician processed the exterior of the car and surrounding area for clues and photographed both thoroughly, the car was towed to a secure area where the interior would be examined carefully.

A vacant and apparently abandoned structure at the East Carey location was also searched for evidence and any sign of the young woman, to no avail. Detectives later noted that the East Carey location where the car was found was about six miles from Griffith's residence and approximately 18 miles from Flores-Narvaez's condo.

"Hopefully this will help them find her," Howey said. "Hopefully somebody left something behind to help find her."

She also noted that investigators had found Flores-Narvaez's purse.

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