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Police considering ‘foul play’ in search for missing Las Vegas dancer

Debora Flores Narvaez

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Metro Police are treating the case of missing Luxor dancer Deborah Flores-Narvaez as if foul play is involved despite no indication of such so far in the investigation.

"She may have left on her own," said Lt. Rob Lundquist of Metro's crimes against youth and family bureau. "However, we are taking this and treating this very seriously. At this point, we're going to look at every aspect into this investigation as if there was foul play."

At a press conference Tuesday morning, police revealed little new information about the search, which is now in its second week.

Flores-Narvaez's roommate filed a missing persons report Dec. 14 when she failed to show up for a late-night dance practice and then a show.

Flores-Narvaez, a dancer in Luxor's "Fantasy" show and two-year resident of Las Vegas, was last seen the evening of Dec. 12 leaving her apartment near Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.

She apparently briefly stopped by the residence of her ex-boyfriend, Jason "Blu" Griffith, who police said is cooperating with the investigation.

Police said Griffith — like anyone with knowledge of a missing person — is considered a person of interest in the case but not a suspect at this point.

"We know he has had a relationship with Deborah, so we are still speaking with him, and we are still looking into that matter," Lundquist said. "Even though we know he had a conversation with Deborah, we are also looking into all other aspects of this investigation."

An arrest report for Griffith released Monday details a past abusive relationship with Flores-Narvaez, who was allegedly pregnant with his child.

According to the report, Griffith was arrested in late October and charged with coercion after he allegedly stole Flores-Narvaez's iPhone, pushed her down on the ground, kicked her and pulled her hair.

Police today said they have no knowledge of the status of Flores Narvaez's alleged pregnancy.

Her mother, Elise Narvaez, recently told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she received a text message from her daughter Dec. 1 saying,"In case there is ever an emergency with me, contact Blu Griffith in Vegas. My ex-boyfriend. No my best friend."

Her mother told the newspaper that she asked her daughter what it meant and she responded, "Nevermind, mommy. Just keep it for your records."

Police located Flores-Narvaez's car — without its license plate — in northeast Las Vegas about 5:35 p.m. Dec. 16 and found a small makeup bag inside.

The car currently is being processed for forensic evidence, Lundquist said.

Police said they are looking at all "historical data" such as text messages, e-mails, cell phone records and posts on social networking sites but declined to elaborate about their findings, citing the ongoing investigation. They're also talking to Flores-Narvaez's friends and family.

Lundquist said the department remains hopeful the search for Flores-Narvaez will result in a happy outcome, but like any missing person case, they are approaching it with the potential for foul play and a negative outcome.

Flores-Narvaez's sister, Celeste Flores-Narvaez, flew to Las Vegas on Friday to help with search efforts and has since distributed fliers with her sister's friends.

Flores-Narvaez is described as about 5-feet-5-inches tall and 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

She typically wears bright colors and has a faded imprint of an old tattoo in the shape of a joker on her ankle, Celeste Flores-Narvaez said. She has lived at an apartment complex on Duke Ellington Way, which is near Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.

Flores-Narvaez, originally from Puerto Rico, previously worked for the Washington Redskin Cheerleader Ambassadors in 2007 and 2008. According to her MySpace biography, she earned a law degree and has a bachelor's degree in international business but decided to pursue her passion for dancing.

Police urge anyone with information about the case to call Metro's missing persons detail at (702) 828-2907 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

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  1. Unfortunately, because of Metro's poor relations with the black, hispanic, poor and homeless communities, they are hampered in this investigation. People know Metro will throw their weight around, bullying and checking for warrants on anyone that comes forward with information. What goes around comes around and the "community policing" is just a slogan for trigger happy gunsels at Metro.

  2. What is wrong with Metro checking for warrents? Sounds like good police work to me.

  3. Hear that folks. Call Metro they'll check you for warrants. Better think twice about providing any information, You might be the one that gets hauled off to jail...or worse...

  4. 'police suspect foul play'

    Well duh! ya think?

  5. What's with the censorship in removing my last comment?

  6. I suspect foul play in removing my last comment.

  7. ...'Authorities are hinting at foul play in regards to Las Vegas dancer who is missing"...do you think....wow... they are really intuitive....

  8. mred, What, are you walking around with a warrant? Who is afraid of being checked for warrants?

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    Funny, I thought the same re mred. He must have some outstanding warrants if he is that paranoid.

    Here is a word of advice mred: DO NOT get yourself into a situation that warrants are issued in your name. I hate to think that because you are so afraid of Metro searching to see if you have warrants in your name that an unfortunate and tragic incident happens because YOU didn't call 911.

  9. Just because this poor woman had a law degree and other degrees doesn't mean she was street smart. After I saw her "boyfriend" on the news last night - I th ought "wtf did she see in him??" And the boyfriend is not a suspect or person of interest. He must be good at bs'ing for the cops not to even tag him as a "person of interest". Or the cops are playing dumb.

  10. I'm not worried about warrants, but some homeless guy in a ditch might be, and that might be were important evidence lies.

  11. I read some pretty demeaning comments that showed how ignorant we can all be. I see that they were deleted. The Sun should have left them up so anyone who was contemplating a move to Vegas to raise a family might just continue on to San Diego.

    It bothers me that this story is no longer a headline. We should be focusing on the possibility of a capital crime being committed. I see now that a missing citizen has been trumped by a self promoting mook that calls himself "Robin Hood 702". Is the Sun a "pay to play" newspaper now? Isn't anyone outraged about putting casino chips ahead of a local citizen's life? I'm going to guess that the reward for finding the guy who stole chips is higher than the reward for information about Deborah Flores-Narvaez. I wonder if the police are working harder on finding the chips instead Ms. Flores-Narvaez.