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Fallon man arrested in disappearance of Nevada woman

Naomi Irion
Lyon County Sheriff's Office via AP, File
FILE - This photo taken from store surveillance video and provided by the Lyon County Sheriff's Office, shows Naomi Irion, 18, of Fernley, Nev., making a purchase shortly before authorities say she disappeared before dawn on Saturday, March 12, 2022.

FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) — A Fallon man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping in the disappearance of an 18-year-old Fernley woman missing since March 12, authorities said.

Troy Driver, 41, was arrested Friday in the disappearance of Naomi Irion, who remained missing, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said in brief statements.

Deputies and assisting agencies also “impounded a pickup truck that was possibly involved,” the office said.

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The office said authorities continued to search for Irion, who was last seen when a masked man wearing a hooded sweatshirt man got into her vehicle outside a Walmart store in rural Fernley, which is 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Reno.

The sheriff’s office didn’t provide additional information.

Sheriff Frank Hunewill has said Irion’s car was found a short distance away and that evidence suggested a suspect may drive a dark pickup truck.

Irion’s brother, Casey Valley, told the Reno Gazette Journal late Friday hat Irion’s family was excited by the arrest and “very curious.” It “seems like it might be one more step toward finding Naomi. I’m very optimistic,” he said.

A Dayton law firm that provides public-defender services for Lyon County did not immediately respond to inquiries Saturday by The Associated Press seeking comment on Driver’s behalf.