UPDATE: Woman found dead in Dumpster identified

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

LATEST: The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Theresa Helen Henry of Las Vegas. Her cause of death is listed as blunt force trauma to the head.


LAS VEGAS (KSNV) -- Residents at Southern Cove apartments on East Viking Road are in disbelief after a homeless man found a woman's body burned in a dumpster inside of their complex, just east of the UNLV campus

"How enraged the person must of been that did this, to do that. Who does that?" Said Judy Bender who has lived at the complex for 25-years.

The homeless man made the discovery around 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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Police say the woman appeared to be a white or Hispanic female possibly in her 20's or 30's, and they believe her body had been dumped there no more than 12 hours before she was found. The victim was pronounced deceased by medical personnel at the scene.

"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 Lt. Dan McGrath with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department.

People who live nearby say the scariest part is not knowing who the killer is, or where the killer is now,

"Right out front so it's kind of shocking and scary it’s like whose at the door." Said Sharrel Tillman, who lives in the complex.

"You look at it and you go my God! is it somebody from here? we don't know," said Bender

LVMPD says they're working straight through the holidays until they catch the criminal who did this.

"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 Officer McGrath.

The identity of the victim, as well as the cause and manner of death, will be released by the Clark County coroner. As of Monday, no suspect or suspects have been identified and the motive is unknown.

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section at 702-828-3521, or by email at To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at Tips leading directly to an arrest or indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a cash reward.

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