Posted on: March 14, 2023, 10:29h.
Last updated on: March 14, 2023, 10:40h.
A woman’s decomposing corpse was undetected for over three weeks in a parking garage at Harry Reid International Airport, according to a news report.
Las Vegas TV station KLAS reported on Monday the deceased, unnamed female was found in November in a car left in the airport’s Terminal 1 short-term parking area.
An employee noticed a strong odor and alerted Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers.
The odor around the vehicle — it’s pretty, pretty horrific,” a police officer said when coming to check the car, according to KLAS.
A subsequent investigation revealed the lifeless body had been in the car for 23 days. Authorities determined she died by suicide, the report added.
The woman arrived at the garage on October 8. Her body was found on November 1.
It wasn’t easy to look into the vehicle. The car had tinted windows. But a sunroof was open.
The location of the car was in a well-traveled area close to the passenger pickup site. Short-term parking at Terminal 1 is limited to those who need a place to leave a vehicle for three hours or less. The airport doesn’t tow vehicles from short-term parking until a car has been left for a month or more.
Beyond the undetected body, KLAS also reported that dozens of vehicles were stolen from parking garages at the airport over the past two years.
Surveillance cameras, license plate readers, and other high-tech devices sometime fail to pick up relevant info to prevent crime, according to KLAS, citing comments from one-time airport employees. There also needs to be more staff on duty inspecting airport property, such as on bike patrol, one former employee revealed.
“To me, it seems like there’s no safety in that garage, at all,” an ex-worker told KLAS while keeping their identity secret.
Vehicles are Checked
Last year, Harry Reid spokesman Joe Rajchel told KLAS, “There’s a lot of different components in place to check on the vehicles. We have people who go through at night — check the license plates that are here, to again keep that information, and see what vehicles we have on property.”
In 2019, $9 million was approved to add advanced cameras at the airport.
Remote Employee Parking
There are recent concerns from flight attendants and other employees who now park at a remote parking lot on Kitty Hawk Way, according to the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. They feel they’re at risk to become victims of crime.
Jenann Logan, a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines who unsuccessfully ran for the Nevada State Assembly District 8 seat as a Republican in 2022, wants to see improved lighting, emergency boxes, and security in the new lot, the Sun reported based on her Instagram post.
“As a flight attendant, I do not feel safe going to work right now,” Logan said at a recent Clark County Commission meeting, according to the Sun.
The lot that they moved us to, the buses are inconsistent, the homeless population is rampant … They have put up some lights (but) the lights do not come on at dark,” Logan said.
The new employee lot has surveillance cameras, security patrols, and shuttle buses operated by drivers who have radios, Rajchel said. The employees used to park in an area at Terminal 1.
The airport recently set a record for the number of passengers using the facility. Harry Reid International Airport saw 52.7 million passengers in 2022. That’s more than 2% more than the prior record seen in 2019, the Northern Nevada Business Weekly reported.