Delayed Discovery: Police received reports of hidden body months before recovery

Delayed Discovery: Police received reports of hidden body months before recovery

From the Las Vegas Optic

The horrific smell coming from the structure was obvious, even from the outskirts of the property. Trash, furniture and other debris cluttered the lawn and prompted someone living in the west side neighborhood to contact the city about the mess.

Two enforcement service specialists — city employees who assist with animal control and code enforcement violations — arrived at an appalling scene. Flies, maggots and an “unbearable smell” awaited them inside a squat stucco building on the property, according to reports filed by ESS officers.

They explored the building where the repugnant odor was strong and distinct, and an initial assessment was that an animal might have died inside one of the walls.

One of the ESS officers wasn’t convinced the smell was a decaying animal, though. Something about the situation, and the condition of the house — which had been emptied of all its contents — led him to believe something more ominous had taken place. He contacted dispatch and requested that Las Vegas Police come to the house.

An LVPD sergeant and an ESS officer searched the building together, and in a bathroom, hidden beneath the floorboards, they discovered the body of 42-year-old Shana Storey, a Las Vegas woman who’d been missing for months.