LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Skeletal remains found near Black Mountain have been positively identified as a 26-year-old Las Vegas valley woman who had been reported missing last year.
Jawaher Hejji was reported missing on Dec. 25, 2020 after family members had not seen or heard from her in three days.
Henderson police found Hejji’s car near a construction site on Shaded Canyon Drive, south of Horizon Ridge Parkway. Surveillance video from the area showed her walking alone on the Amargosa Trail near the base of Black Mountain on Dec. 23.
Her family spoke with the I-Team in March desperate to find out what happened to her. They held out hope she would return home alive.
A hiker found her remains on Sept. 6, police and the Hejji family confirmed. On Wednesday, the family questioned why no clues were found after several searches on the mountain.
“To me, it doesn’t seem right that she was found where we were looking,” Hejji’s sister, Rowda Haggy, said. “I feel like somebody did something and brought her back, but it’s like so many different scenarios. We don’t know what happened.”
Metro police said its missing person’s investigation is closed. Henderson police said its investigation is ongoing. Police had no other information to provide.
“They were saying that she was found in a place that it was hard to find, but how come the K-9 dogs didn’t go down there?” Haggy said. “It just doesn’t make sense.”
The Clark County Coroner’s Office said Hejji’s cause and manner of death were pending as of Wednesday.