LINCOLN COUNTY (KDKA) — A man who was with his child and another child says he found the body believed to be missing 33-year-old Jaime Feden in the Las Vegas desert.
Feden was last seen in Bethel Park on Sept. 15. John Chapman is accused of kidnapping and killing Feden.
Henry Linsowe says he went on a trip to look at an antique train engine with the children.
On the drive back, they pulled off on a dirt road for a break.
That’s when Linsowe claims the boys saw something in the distance, but they weren’t sure what it was.
So Linsowe told them to get in the truck as he went to look.
That is when he found a body and called the Lincoln County Sheriffs Department.
At first, he thought it was a child because the body was so small. There were no clothes on the body and no clothes to be found anywhere nearby.
The body was already decomposing.
“Just dumped off like a piece of trash,” Linsowe said. “It’s not a good sight.”
Linsowe says the road is in a desolate area, and the body could have possibly still have been there if he didn’t find it.
Linsowe says it’s was more than 90 miles back to Vegas and finding the body made for a long drive
“It was a long drive home to think about what could have happened, what you don’t want to think happened. Then you start thinking about the family,” Linsowe said.
Friends and coworkers of Feden are still coping with the loss.
“It was just so sick, hearing the details of this tragedy,” Sarah Kassouf said. “We all gathered together and some people broke down crying.”
They say Feden always had a smile on her face and wad friendly to the residents of The Sheridan at Bethel Park Retirement Home, where she worked until this past summer.
“She was really a great, genuine person,” Hailey Bendig said. “She was really great at caring for people.”
The criminal complaint reports that Chapman told police he convinced Feden to drive to the desert in September.
Once out there, police say Chapman admitted to using zip ties to bind Feden’s hands and feet before tying her to a signpost.
He then allegedly told police he put duct tape over her mouth and nose, suffocating her.
“She didn’t deserve any of this. She was such an innocent girl,” Justine Peternel said.
The Nevada coroner tells KDKA’s Meghan Schiller that they have yet to positively identify that body, but he believes it matches the body of missing Jamie Feden.
It could take two to three more weeks for the body’s identity to be confirmed.