Body of young woman found partially burned in dumpster near Maryland and Flamingo

The body of a young woman was found partially burned in an apartment complex dumpster near Maryland and Flamingo. (KSNV)

Officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are investigating an apparent homicide in the central valley near UNLV.

According to LVMPD Lt. Grant Rogers, the incident was reported around 4:28 p.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of East Viking Road near Flamingo Road and Maryland Parkway.

A homeless person was going through a dumpster at an apartment complex and found a dead body. They called 911 and arriving officers and medical first responders confirmed the person is dead.

According to a preliminary investigation by LVMPD's Homicide Section, the body that was found is a woman in her 20s and 30s and she does not appear to be homeless. Police say the body was naked and in a plastic bag and that it appears some sort of accelerant was poured on the victim and she was set on fire in the dumpster, partially burned.

"She was put in the dumpster and she looks like she was probably in a plastic bag and there was some kind of accelerant used and the bag is melted on her body and she is unclothed, naked," said LVMPD Lt. Dan McGrath.

Officers say this will be a long investigation and detectives will likely be investigating long into the night as they work to identify the victim. Detectives say they believe the killer dumped her body there just within the last 24 hours. CSI and arson investigators have been called in to assist.

"Our detectives are going to be working on Christmas, and everybody has families but that's our job and I think we owe it to this woman that has been heinously killed and put in a dumpster," said McGrath.

At this time there are no witnesses and no suspect information. Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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