Pulling into his central valley house after work, a casino dealer noticed a bundle wrapped in a white sheet in his driveway. Someone had dumped trash there, he thought.
But when he looked closer, he realized he’d stumbled upon a woman’s body, according to Metro Police.
Krystle Shere Seguin’s head was bleeding, police said. Her body was slathered in white cane sugar crystals. The 29-year-old was dressed in a shirt and shorts. She was shoeless.
Investigators responded about 1 p.m. Sept. 30 to the area near Jones Boulevard and U.S. 95.
Seguin died from asphyxia, the Clark County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday.
The mysterious case has been cracked and Metro on Monday arrested Jaime Diaz, 32, on a murder count, jail logs show.
Early in their investigation, detectives relied on surveillance video that subsequently led them to their suspect, according to his arrest report.
First, there was a 1989 Mazda B2200 pickup truck caught pulling up to an adjacent business from where Seguin’s body was dumped around the same time, police said.
“The driver’s behavior suggested he was trying to find a dumpster large enough to accommodate (Seguin’s) body and was unsuccessful,” according to the report.
The video was clear enough to capture the driver, the contents of the pickup bed, and the California license plate number, but it didn’t show the casino worker’s driveway. But that information led them to Diaz, who’d been renting a casita behind a valley house. A friend of his told them about “a weird, disturbing look on his face” around the time the body was dumped.
His mother told detectives about a commotion she’d heard at her home in the early hours of Sept. 30. That morning, she found “blood, sugar and women’s clothing” in her son’s room.
When she questioned Diaz, he’d told her “not to worry about it,” according to the report. He refused to speak to detectives.
A video from a neighbor’s house showed Diaz loading up a bundle wrapped in a white sheet into his pickup around the time the body was dumped, police said. It’d been slung over his right shoulder.
After the coroner’s office ruled Seguin’s death a homicide on Nov. 30, authorities issued Diaz’s arrest warrant.
Diaz is being held without bond at the Clark County Detention Center, jail logs show. He is slated to appear in court Jan. 10.