Irion was last seen in her car in the parking lot of a Fernley, Nevada, Walmart, authorities said. She parked her car around 5 a.m. PT and was active on social media between 5:09 a.m. and 5:23 a.m., said Detective Erik Kusmerz with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office during a Tuesday news conference.
Irion’s sister, Tamara Cartwright, told CNN Irion worked at Panasonic and was waiting to take the shuttle to work from Walmart.
On March 15, Irion’s vehicle was recovered near the Walmart and is currently being processed, Kusmerz said.
Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a dark, 2020 or newer Chevrolet 2500-3500 High Country Silverado truck, Kusmerz said. Authorities are not providing details on the vehicle’s owner.
“Please save my daughter and bring her home,” Irion’s mother, Diane Irion, said during the news conference. “Anything, any little, tiny bit of information, please call … No piece of information is too small to report. At this point, we need everyone’s help across the nation because the incident happened so close to I-80. She could be anywhere, anywhere in the nation.”
Search and rescue teams from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office have conducted numerous searches in the air and on the ground, Kusmerz said. The FBI is also working with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Division, he said.
Irion was carrying a dark-colored purse, an iPhone and Air Pods and is known to carry a Fidget spinner, Kusmerz said. She was wearing a blue Panasonic shirt, gray cardigan sweater, dark UGG-style boots and gray sweatpants, her mother said. Another search is set for Saturday.
Fernley is about 34 miles east of Reno.