When Metro Police detectives told Judy Booth last month that human remains found in Indian Springs belonged to her daughter, the mother responded with a question: “Did she have a blanket?”
That’s because daughter Tiffany Booth took a liking to her boyfriend’s fleece blanket so much that it was one of the first things her mother noticed was gone from their condo after the couple disappeared.
It only took the mother a quick look at a brown-and-white square patterned cloth shown on a crime scene photograph for her to confirm that her daughter was dead. She was 35.
Booth and her boyfriend, Eduardo Clemente, 38, were reported missing Oct. 5 after they didn’t report to work after several days off and a supposed trip. Three days later, Booth’s car was found abandoned in a remote mountainous area near Ely.
The woman’s body was discovered on Oct. 19, nine days before Metro announced that Clemente was a suspect in her killing.
He’s still missing.
An arrest warrant accuses Clemente of murder, vehicle theft and several felony counts of using a bank card without a cardholder’s consent, Las Vegas Justice Court records show.
Metro homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said Clemente left the grid but is known to have traveled to Ely and Idaho before returning to the Las Vegas Valley.
Detectives theorize he could be keeping a low profile, hiding in northeast Nevada, near the Ruby Mountains, or Idaho, Spencer said. Police don’t believe he’s in possession of a vehicle.
Spencer said the missing persons case was forwarded to homicide detectives after “unusual electronic and financial activity” led them to believe that foul play was involved. He didn’t share many details, including how they believe Booth died or how they linked Clemente to the killing.
Within the last year, Booth and Clemente went from co-workers at an IT department to friends. When the pandemic shut down Nevada, they became roommates and then a couple.
Judy Booth said her daughter only told her they were together on Sept. 27, during a dinner the last night she saw or heard from her.
“He just seemed like a normal person,” Judy Booth said. “I did not see anything in him at all.”
Judy Booth knew the couple were planning a trip but didn’t know where. Mother and daughter spoke often, and she began to worry when she didn’t hear from her. At one point, she began receiving text messages that did not appear to be from her.
When she reported Tiffany Booth missing, she summoned her niece, Angelena Moore, who lives in Southern California.
Moore administers a Facebook page targeting Clemente’s whereabouts that has garnered more than 2,000 followers. Her online efforts have made strides in the investigation: the family connected with a man who gave Clemente a ride to Henderson a few days after the couple were reported missing.
The cousins, who only met in adulthood, became very close through their obsessions with Disney, finding distant relatives and true crime shows.
It’s “a hard pill to swallow,” Moore said about finding herself on the other side of a true crime story. But it hasn’t stopped her — she printed #JusticeforTiffany shirts and sleeps little, reading hundreds of messages offering tips or support.
Tiffany Booth was a kind soul, said Moore, noting that if Clemente was a “nefarious individual, she wouldn’t have seen it.”
Judy Booth and Moore described Tiffany as the “glue” that kept the family together.
With her loved ones scattered throughout the U.S., Tiffany Booth liked planning family reunions. There was one planned for next summer.
She also helped Moore find a young stepbrother she hadn’t met. She surprised Moore by taking him to her in Texas.
As far as her mother, who has multiple sclerosis and struggles to walk, Tiffany Booth moved here only to take care of her.
The many people Tiffany Booth befriended can likely speak about her grace.
Moore spoke about the relationship her cousin had with her son, who has autism.
When the boy was struggling with breathing treatments, Tiffany Booth, who had asthma, would send him a photo of herself doing the procedure. “See,” she would tell him. “Grownups have to do it, too.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Metro at 702-828-3521 or via email at [email protected]. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or online at crimestoppesrofnv.com.
Booth’s family has organized a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for their effort to catch Clemente, including increasing Crime Stoppers’ reward money.