LAS VEGAS -- Two people wanted in connection to the murder of Las Vegas resident Jason Byes have been arrested in New Orleans and are awaiting extradition to Las Vegas.
A passing motorist near the Interstate 40 off-ramp in Kingman, Ariz., on Jan. 7 reported seeing a small fire around 1 p.m.
The motorist contacted Arizona authorities and after extinguishing the blaze the responding firefighters discovered the body of Jason Byes, 33, of Las Vegas.
A joint investigation by the Las Vegas Metro Homicide section and the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office discovered that a friend of the victim had reported him as missing from Las Vegas that day.
When the investigation indicated the victim had been killed in Las Vegas, the LVMPD Homicide Section assumed the lead role in the investigation.
Investigators determined Majunique Brown, 30, and Marshan Bowden, 22, both of Las Vegas, had killed Byes in an apartment complex located in the 1800 block of Lewis Avenue near downtown Las Vegas on the night of January 6.
Brown and Bowden then used Byes' vehicle to transport his body to Kingman where they placed the body near the off-ramp and set it on fire before continuing to New Orleans.
Based on this information warrants were issued for the arrest of Brown and Bowden.
The FBI New Orleans’ Violent Crimes Task Force, along with the New Orleans Police Department, located the two suspects on Tuesday.
Bowden was arrested during a traffic stop and Brown was taken into custody at a nearby residence. Both arrests were made without incident.
Bowden was also charged by New Orleans authorities for possession of a stolen vehicle.
The investigation into this incident remains ongoing. Anyone with any information concerning this event is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section at 828-3521, or Crime Stoppers
by calling (702) 385-5555,