Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997 | 10:49 a.m.
Metro Police are still piecing together clues to explain the deaths Tuesday of a man whose body was found behind a business off Lake Mead Boulevard and another man found dead inside the Imperial Palace hotel-casino.
Officers and detectives responded to a business at 808 W. Lake Mead Blvd. after a caller reported finding a body at 8:50 a.m. Police found numerous shell casings from a semi-automatic pistol in the parking lot and a trail of blood leading to the victim, a 32-year-old man whose name was withheld until relatives can be notified.
Additional officers were dispatched to the Imperial Palace at 9 a.m. after hotel employees found a man's partially clothed body in a fire exit stairwell.
Homicide Lt. Wayne Petersen said the victim, described only as a white male in his late 40s to 50s, appeared to have suffered trauma to his head. Petersen said he is awaiting the results of an autopsy before commenting on how the man died. Police were also unsure of the man's identity, and were working with hotel staff to determine if he may have been a guest.
Tuesday marked the second time homicide investigators have been called to the Imperial Palace this year. Maids found 62-year-old Robert "Alan" Duncan brutally beaten and strangled to death inside his hotel room Aug. 6. His killer remains at large.