Las Vegas Metropolitan police officials have identified the burned body found near a southwest apartment complex as 20-year-old Geranique “Chicago” Bentley after releasing a sketch of the victim to the public, News 3LV reports.
Homicide detectives arrested Raymond Quinsell Lewis, 22, believed to be the victim’s boyfriend of two years, on Thursday, March 16 in connection with the killing.
Bentley’s partially burned body was found around 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11 “tucked between two walls in a hidden corner of the complex” when a couple—Alan Miller and Pauline Chuckluck—were “flying their drone” in the area of Washington Avenue and Tenaya Way.
“It’s pretty gruesome,” said Lt. Dan McGrath, who is with the Metropolitan Police Department. “We don’t have a lot of information, but we have a very petite young girl, who is dead.”
Las Vegas Metropolitan police stated that the victim was partially clothed, but says it may have burned off when she was set on fire. It is believed that Bentley was murdered before she was dumped at the apartment complex and later set on fire.
A resident living in the area where the burned body was found said:
“To know that something like that happened here. This neighborhood is quiet here. We’ve never had nothing like this happen and to know the nature of what happened, it’s serious.”
A family friend said the homicide victim had been homeless since the age of 14 and was battling a drug addiction, but she was trying to get clean.
A woman, who asked to remain anonymous, added that “one day, about a year ago, she came in and wasn’t messed up and told me she did a stint in one of those rehabs. She’d come in and go, come in and go.”
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LVMPD have not released Bentley’s cause of death or the circumstances leading up to the murder.
A family friend created a Go Fund Me page to help with burial expenses.
Las Vegas Metropolitan police urge anyone with information regarding the burned woman found in Las Vegas to contact “Metro’s Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or email email@example.com. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or crimestoppersofnv.com.”
An investigation continues.