Naomi Irion body found – Suspect Troy Driver's lengthy rap sheet including jail over murder, robbery & violence revealed

THE suspect accused of kidnapping a teen from a Walmart parking lot had previously been jailed for robbery and his role in a murder case.

Former convict Troy Driver, 41, was arrested last week in connection with the disappearance of Naomi Irion, who vanished in Nevada.

Police records show that Driver, of California, was charged with accessory to murder relating to the killing of Paul Steven Rodriguez, 19.

Rodriguez was a “reputed” methamphetamine dealer at the time, according to the Ukiah Daily Journal.

The dealer was shot in the head by his girlfriend, 17.

Reports from May 1997 claim Driver, who was 17 at the time, helped stuff his body in a car before the remains were dumped in Mendocino County.

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Driver was arrested after the remains were found weeks later.

He pled guilty to the accessory charge.

Driver also pled guilty to charges of second-degree robbery of gas stations in Ukiah.

He was charged with second-degree burglary relating to an incident at a hardware store, News4 reported.

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Defense attorney Jan Cole-Wilson revealed that Driver admitted using the firearm during the three robberies.

He was sentenced to 15 years in a state jail but was released after 12 years.

The ex-convict was arrested last week in connection with the disappearance of Irion.

She was first reported missing over two weeks ago but her body has now been found.

The location of her remains was approximately 150 miles from where she originally disappeared in Fernley.

A body was found and taken to the Washoe County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy.

The remains were confirmed to be the missing 18-year-old.


Cops said Driver’s truck has been impounded as officers search for evidence.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says he is being held on a kidnapping charge.His bail is set a $750,000.

Should Driver post bail, Judge Lori Matheus said that he will not be released from custody until a GPS monitoring system is set up.

He will also be recruited to submit daily check-ins with law enforcement and random drug and alcohol tests.

Matheus ordered Driver not to contact the teen’s family during the arraignment hearing.

Irion was reportedly on her way to work when she was last seen at around 5am on March 12.

She was abducted from the Walmart parking lot, according to the Lyon County Sheriff's Office.

Cops said that surveillance footage showed Driver lurking around the teen's car before approaching her.

She was reported missing a day later and her car was found on March 15.

The teen's phone was pinged in an industrial park.

Irion was one of seven siblings, including three boys between the ages of eight and 13 who were adopted from Ukraine three years ago.

She graduated from high school in Pretoria, South Africa, where her stepfather is a diplomat and her mom is a teacher.

After graduating last year, she moved to Fernley and moved in with her older brother Casey Valley, a Navy veteran.

Valley told The Independent: "I feel like I failed [to] prepare Naomi for this evil world. I’m the big brother.”

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