On May 1st, 2015, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a 14 year old girl who had not returned home after leaving for school earlier during the day and was initially believed to be a runaway. Deputies responded to the girl’s address on Isaac Street in Pahrump where the investigation indicated that she may have actually been abducted by a man and a woman, both of who are known to the girl’s family. The suspects were identified as Jason Klipple, age 34 and Tammy Ehart, age 40, both of Tonopah, NV.
Deputies learned that Klipple had been communicating with the girl through social media before picking her up on the morning of her disappearance and before she was able to arrive at school. Detectives developed several leads to believe the suspects may have been on their way to northern Nevada with the child at that time of the report.
NCSO Detectives and Deputies in Pahrump and Tonopah immediately began an intensely coordinated investigation, involving numerous resources and agencies to locate the suspects and the abducted girl.
Several unsuccessful attempts were made to contact Klipple, but Detectives eventually spoke with Tammy Ehart by phone, who provided false information about her identify and location in order to avoid apprehension and prevent the recovery of the child.
The coordinated investigation eventually led to information that the suspects had concealed the child in a moving van and were now attempting to return the child to Pahrump once it became clear that the investigation was closing in on them. Detectives and Deputies eventually located the van in Tonopah and located the child within. She was uninjured and turned over to her family.
Klipple and Ehart were taken into custody. Both were transported to Pahrump and booked at NCDC (Klipple, Kidnapping in the first degree, Conspiracy kidnapping in the first degree, Obstruct Police Officer) (Ehart, Kidnapping in the first degree, Conspiracy kidnapping in the first degree, Obstruct Police Officer, Use I.D. of another to avoid prosecution). Bail in the respective amounts of $225,640.00 and $230,640.00.
The motive for this abduction remains under investigation however it appears Klipple was falsely attempting to convince the child that he was her biological father.
Detectives are following up on several leads. Although the suspects are familiar to the child and her parents, Detectives are nevertheless advising parents to always be vigilant regarding the activities of their children on social media websites and with who they are communicating online.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information pertaining to this case is urged to contact the Nye County Sheriff’s Office at (775)751-7000 or by e-mailing email@example.com, attention Detective Cory Fowles.
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The Nye County Sheriffs department is reporting a fatal encounter Friday at a Tonopah Motel. The incident left Penny Sue Silas dead and suspect Maureen Kinnamon arrested and charged with 1st degree murder. According to the Nye County Sheriffs department, on Friday, March 27th, at approximately 10:25 pm, NCSO deputies were dispatched to the National 9 Motel in Tonopah on a report of a female having been stabbed.
NCSO Deputies arrived and located Penny Sue Silas unresponsive laying on the 2nd story balcony of the motel, with Maureen Kinnamon sitting over her crying for help. According to the Nye County Sheriffs department report, “As deputies were attempting to assist the victim, Maureen Kinnamon was making statements that she didn’t mean to hurt her like this.”
NCSO Deputies were able to get Penny Sue Silas loaded into the ambulance, and then began the process of securing the crime scene. According to the Nye County Sheriffs department, “Maureen Kinnamon was taken into custody when she made statements that she had done this to Silas.”
Nye Regional Medical Center advised deputies that Penny Silas succumbed to her injuries at 11:05 pm.
NCSO Detective Perry then began processing the crime scene. Through the course of the night and morning, multiple items of evidence were located in and around the motel room that was shared by Maureen Kinnamon and Penny Silas, to include the weapon used kill Penny Silas.
Kinnamon was booked into the Nye County Detention Center on a charge of 1st degree murder.
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According to officials in the Nye County Sheriffs department, 39 year old Kenneth Cardenas has been arrested on a charge of Sexual Assault. The arrest was made after a lengthy investigation. A statement from the Nye County Sheriffs department indicates that during the first week of March 2015 Nye County Sheriff’s Office received information from an outside agency pertaining to a female juvenile being sexually assaulted by Kenneth Cardenas, between the years of 2011 and 2012 at a location in Tonopah, NV.
The information was reviewed by Detective Perry, and found to be a credible disclosure of alleged sexual assault. The female juvenile who was 3 years old at the time, disclosed Kenneth Cardenas had allegedly been sexually active with her. According to the Nye county sheriffs department, Detective Perry conducted an extensive interview with Cardenas. The arrest report indicates that, “Cardenas made several incriminating statements of his involvement that were consistent with the disclosure from the female juvenile”. Cardenas was booked on a charge of sexual assault without incident.
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