Daughter of diplomat dad went on a date before alleged abduction, was finally exploring life as ‘free American’

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Naomi Irion, an 18-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted from a Walmart parking lot, was revealed to have gone on a date before vanishing on the 12th of March, amidst other details behind the tragedy in progress.

The teen, who had recently moved back to America after living with her diplomat father overseas and is now officially the subject of a kidnapping investigation, had been regularly taking a shuttle bus to her job at a Panasonic factory in Reno, Nevada, from the Walmart parking lot where she was reportedly abducted.

Surveillance footage obtained by police shows that a hooded man approached her parked car at 5:24 AM. The man opened the driver’s side door, said something to Irion to compel her to move over, and got in, then drove off. Several days later, on March 15th, her car was found less than a mile away, with no sign of either her or her belongings, Daily Mail reported.

The culprit is suspected to be driving a 2021 or 2022 blue Chevrolet Silverado High County truck with chrome doors handles. The identity and physical description of the man is not known at this time.

Irion had grown up overseas, the daughter of a State Department official, Herve Irion, in an environment that family members have described to Daily Mail as “sheltered.” Last year, she had moved in with her older brother, Casey Valley, excited to be exploring her newfound freedom as an adult. She took the job at the Panasonic factory last September and was enrolled in a local community college.

“She really wanted to experience life in America, being an American kid,” her family told the DM. “Most kids get to learn how to drive a car and go on dates and get some freedom but in the diplomatic community overseas you can’t have that.”

Her mother added that she was very excited about driving a car, and making new friends when they had moved back to the states and “really wanted to explore herself as a free American,” according to the DM.

Things hadn’t been perfect and smooth, however. Irion had reported sexual harassment at work, according to her brother. Panasonic had been made aware of the issue and had dealt with it “internally,” according to the brother. A spokesman for Panasonic didn’t speak of the sexual harassment claims, but did say they were aware of the abduction and were cooperating with police, and that her family has their support, according to Daily Mail.

In addition, Irion had allegedly experimented with online dating of both men and women on apps like Bumble and Tinder, and had gone on a date with a man on the 11th of March, the day before she went missing. Irion’s brother stated that at the time, he had no reason to believe the man was involved, and personally thought the man was a stranger to his sister.

The Chevy Silverado believed to belong to the suspect, Courtesy Lyon County Sherrif’s Office

Anyone with information about Irion or the suspect is encouraged to get in touch with Nevada authorities at 775-322-4900 (the anonymous tip line) or 775-577-5206 (general tip line).

The suspect’s vehicle is believed to be a blue 2021-2022 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Trim model, believed to be 2500, or 3500, with a single rear wheel crew cab short-bed truck.

A reward is being offered for information that leads to Naomi Irion or her abductor.


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