70°F
weather icon Clear

2 Pahrump teens arrested in death of mother

Nye County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested two local teens on Wednesday, suspected of killing their mother.

Michael Wilson and Dakota Saldivar, both 17, of Pahrump were arrested in the death of their mother, Dawn Liebig, 46, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office announced on Wednesday.

Both confessed to stabbing and beating their mother to death because they did not like her parenting style, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

The stabbing and bludgeoning attack lasted for a half-hour while Liebig fought for her life, the teens told investigators.

The news release also noted that the teens told investigators that their mother had disappeared and that they had not heard from her.

Liebig was reported missing on Monday.

Investigators determined inconsistencies in their stories and continued to question the teens and search their phones.

Saldivar and Wilson, according to the release, changed their stories and told investigators that Liebig was suicidal and wanted their help in killing herself.

They told detectives that they stabbed her to death at her request.

Additionally, the release noted that one of the boys took investigators to a location on the 6300 block of North Wedgewood Drive on the far north end of the valley, where Liebig’s body was dumped.

Eventually, the teens confessed to stabbing Liebig after getting into a fight before the attack.

They waited until Liebig fell asleep before they attacked her, according to Nye County Sheriff’s Sgt. Adam Tippetts.

Though the discovery of Liebig’s body was made at 2 a.m., investigators were still working the crime scene throughout Wednesday afternoon.

“Right now it is an active murder investigation at this particular time,” Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said prior to a video news release. “Basically, the woman was discovered in a shallow grave.”

Following the initial investigation by Nye County authorities, Liebig’s body was transported to the Clark County Coroner’s Office where an autopsy determined her exact cause of death.

Wilson and Saldivar are facing charges of open murder, conspiracy to commit murder and domestic battery with a deadly weapon, the sheriff’s office said.

Both were booked into the Nye County Detention Center on Wednesday morning, officials said.

Additionally, a Nye County Animal Control officer was also summoned to the scene to remove several animals from the residence.

On a Facebook page for Liebig, the intro read, “I’m a mom that hopes she did okay. I want my boys to become the men I hoped for. I live for them.”

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes.

Contact Blake Apgar at bapgar@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5298. Follow @blakeapgar on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Little League strikes back after county action

Pahrump Valley Little League plays its games at Ian Deutch Memorial Park. In fact, its address is listed as 1600 Honeysuckle Street, the park’s address. This is not a secret.

Nye County Treasurer’s trust auction set

Those with a bit of extra cash to invest who are looking to find themselves a good deal on some land in Nye County have just a few days left to prepare for the upcoming Nye County Treasurer’s Trust Property Tax Sale, which is set to take place next weekend.

3 family members die in US 95 crash

An Arizona man is facing numerous felony charges for his alleged role in a two-vehicle, head-on collision that killed three Victor, Idaho residents who were all family members.

Nevada seeking poets for laureate position

Art takes many forms, including the written and the verbal, and those with a passion for language, for the rhythm and rhyme of words, for the cadence of speech, often seek to express that passion in the form of poetry.

Hiker dies in Death Valley

An Arizona congressional staffer has died after he and a female companion went on a hiking excursion in Death Valley National Park.

Going back to school: Tips on how to pay for it

Going back to school can help you advance in your job, re-enter the Pahrump workforce, or support a second act as you chart a completely new career. But what are the right strategies adults should keep in mind to help manage education expenses?

Temporary reduction for businesses

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced guidance under the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Relief Act of 2020, which gives breaks to businesses for certain expenses.

Nevada named top mining destination

Nevada has been named as “the world’s top mining destination,” according to the 2020 survey of resource and exploration companies released by the Fraser Institute.

Cegavske, state Republican Party duel over censure resolution

The Nevada Republican Party defended its Saturday vote to censure Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske over her handling of fraud allegations in the 2020 election.