A body went undiscovered in a car in short-term parking at Reid International Airport in Las Vegas for 23 days, just yards away from passenger pickup.
“The odor around the vehicle — it’s pretty, pretty horrific,” a Metro officer said in body-camera video the 8 News Now Investigators obtained documenting the response.
A parking employee discovered the woman’s body in the car in the short-term parking area of the Terminal 1 garage on Nov. 1, 2022, documents said.
The discovery comes on the heels of an 8 News Now Investigators’ report finding thieves have stolen dozens of cars parked at the airport garages over two years. The investigation also found surveillance and security systems do not always work.
The car sat undisturbed for 23 days in short-term parking. It was not until a parking employee noticed the smell that he called Metro police.
Short-term passenger parking is intended for stays at the airport of 3 hours or less, the airport’s website said. The woman entered the garage on Oct. 8 and died by suicide, a report said. The total time her body lay there, 23 days, equals more than 500 hours over than 3-hour limit.