UPDATE: 3 accused of kidnapping, torturing man before killing him in Cathedral Canyon

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27-year-old man found deceased Sunday morning, deputies say

PAHRUMP, Nev. (KLAS) — Three people are facing charges of murder and kidnapping in the death of 27-year-old Roy Jaggers of Las Vegas whose body was found in Cathedral Canyon on Sunday.

According to Nye County Sheriff’s Office, the suspects are Kevin Dent, 36, of Las Vegas, Brad Mehn, 37, of Pahrump, and Heather Pate, 27, of Las Vegas. They were arrested the following day on Monday, Aug. 2. Each faces charges of murder, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit murder and battery with substantial bodily harm.

(Nye County Sheriff’s Office/KLAS)

According to the Captain David Boruchowitz, the motive behind the killing was that Pate believed Jaggers had hurt her child. Boruchowitz said Pate, and her boyfriend, Dent, lured Jaggers to her home where they beat him up and put him in handcuffs. They then drove to Pahrump to meet Mehn, Pate’s friend and former lover.

“Upon arriving in Nye County, they met Mehn where they tortured Jagger over multiple hours utilizing numerous different weapons,” Captain Boruchowitz said. “After they finished torturing Jaggers, they drove him to Cathedral Canyon approximately 25 miles away where they threw him off the cliff wall into the gorge where they subsequently shot at him numerous times, killing him,”

Cathedral Canyon in Nye County. Photo credit: NCSO

Deputies were led to the trio by Jaggers’ mother who told them that one of the last persons to see her son alive was Pate, a neighbor. A vehicle and evidence related to the homicide were seized at that home. The other two arrests followed. Boruchowitz said Mehn led detectives to the murder weapon.

All three suspects are being held at the Nye County Detention Center without bail.

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