Lesly Palacio’s body found near Valley of Fire; murder suspect identified in case

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Officials have recovered the body of 22-year-old Lesly Palacio. Palacio was last seen on August 29, and police had been investigating her disappearance.

On Wednesday, LVMPD investigators, along with Moapa Tribal Police and Red Rock Search & Rescue, found Palacio’s body near Valley of Fire State Park in Moapa Valley.

Palacio’s family also confirmed this information with 8 News Now Wednesday afternoon.

25-year-old Erick Rangel-Ibarra has been identified as the suspect in Palacio’s death. Police are now pursuing a warrant for his arrest on one count of Open Murder.

Erick was reported missing along with 45-year-old Jose Rangel. Metro’s Homicide Section says they are looking for Rangel, as well, but it is unknown if he faces any charges.

Erick Michel Rangel-Ibarra, left, and Jose Antonio Rangel. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

The two men were last seen on August 29 in Las Vegas in a white 2004 Ford F-150 pickup, Nevada plate LVN84A. Metro Police have confirmed to 8 News Now the vehicle has since been recovered in California.

Longhorn Casino & Hotel released new surveillance footage Wednesday that shows Palacio with a man, entering the casino around 2 a.m. the night she disappeared. This was the last time she was seen alive.

Metro’s Homicide Section confirmed the man seen with Palacio in the video is Rangel-Ibarra.

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts are strongly encouraged to contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at (702) 828-3111.

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