Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 | 2:42 p.m.
A woman's body was found in an abandoned vehicle last week southeast of Las Vegas and police today are searching for a person who was seen approaching the woman's vehicle the previous day at a Strip casino.
Boulder City Police found the body at 10:45 a.m. Jan. 15 in a blue 2006 Jeep Liberty with Nebraska license plates, a police report said. The abandoned vehicle was found near U.S. 95 and Nelson's Landing Road south of Boulder City.
Metro Police homicide detectives believe the victim, identified by the coroner's office as 21-year-old Prisma Contreras of Las Vegas, is the same person reported as missing the previous day. The woman was last seen entering her vehicle at 5 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Hooters casino on the Strip, where she worked as a service assistant.
Police said surveillance cameras show an unknown person exit a vehicle -- possibly a 1995-1998 model Nissan Sentra -- and approach the victim’s Jeep. That was the last time the woman was seen, police said.
The cause and manner of Contreras' death haven’t been determined, the coroner's office said Tuesday.
Anyone with any information about the woman's death or the white vehicle seen on video surveillance is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or the Metro homicide section at (702) 828-3521.