A man walking his dog today in a housing development around North Fifth Street and Dorrell Lane in North Las Vegas wandered upon the body of a small, black female. The injuries of the deceased have not been disclosed, nor has her identity.
Authorities are trying to determine whether to rule the case of a missing 10-year-old as a homicide.
Captain Chris Jones of Metro’s homicide division would not confirm who the body was, if indeed it was that of 10-year-old Jade Morris, a girl missing for six days.
Morris has been missing since 5 pm Friday when she left her house with 50-year-old Brenda Stokes, a former acquaintance of the girl’s father. Later Friday, Stokes was arrested for attacking a co-worker with razors at the Bellagio casino. Morris was not with Stokes during the arrest, says the Las Vegas Sun.
At a news conference today, Jones confirmed Stokes would not cooperate with police regarding Morris’ disappearance.
Earlier Thursday, a group of volunteers from the Red Rock Search and Rescue/Recovery group began a search for Morris in a sparsely populated area south of the Everett Apartments in a valley near West Windmill Road and South Rainbow Boulevard. One man mentioned as he prepared to join in the search with the Red Rock volunteers:
“It really wasn’t uncommon for her to come by and take [Jade] somewhere. We had no reason to think [Stokes] would hurt [Jade].”
Stokes told a judge Wednesday that she still has no lawyer. She is once again due in Las Vegas Justice Court on Friday, according to USA Today.
Stokes told police after the Friday night attack that she sometimes takes Xanax for anxiety. Stokes also told police she told her doctor she felt like she needed to be admitted to the hospital because she might hurt someone, the report said.
Further details involving the dead body of the 10-year-old girl will be released upon autopsy.