LAS VEGAS (WJZ) — The search is now over for the Maryland woman turned Las Vegas dancer who disappeared in December. Police say they found her body and they have her suspected murderer behind bars.
Mary Bubala has more on the investigation.
“I came here to find her and I found her,” said Celeste Flores-Narvaez.
Celeste’s sister, Debbie Flores-Narvaez disappeared on Dec. 12. The former Redskins cheerleader was now dancing in a show in Vegas, but was reported missing after not showing up for rehearsal.
For weeks, her family and police desperately looked for clues, anything that would lead them to her.
This weekend, a stranger called police about human remains in downtown Las Vegas.
“It became pretty evident that the remains that were found were our victim’s and, in fact, our suspect was our suspect,” said Lt. Lew Roberts.
Police arrested her ex-boyfriend, Jason “Blu” Griffith, 32, on the Strip a few hours later. They had a tumultuous relationship. Last October, he was arrested for stealing her cell phone, then attacking her, pushing her to the ground, kicking her and pulling her hair.
During questioning, Griffith told police Debbie came over to his house the night she disappeared but left after a few minutes. But according to police documents, a witness says the two got into a fight that night and that Griffith choked Debbie. The witness left the home and Debbie was alive but a few hours later, he says Griffith called him over to help dispose of the body. He says Griffith mixed concrete in a garage and filled a plastic tub with it to cover the body. The witness says Griffith later dismembered the body and put the remains in two separate plastic containers.
“I knew from day one she wouldn’t just do this,” Celeste Flores-Narvaez said. “My next step is for her to get justice and I will make sure that happens, too.”
Griffith is charged with first-degree murder. According to police documents, he told one officer it was a “heat of the moment thing” and that he believed she had a gun.
Flores-Narvaez grew up in the Baltimore area and graduated from Old Mill High in Anne Arundel County.