A 31-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested Wednesday for the murder of his female roommate, who he kept in a closet for two months, in case she came back to life.
According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Poice Department, on July 26, 2023, at approximately 2:27 p.m., LVMPD Dispatch received a report of a woman located deceased inside a residence in the 5300 block of Railroad River Avenue.
Patrol officers arrived and located the victim, who appeared to have been deceased for an extended period of time.
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Due to the suspicious nature of the death, the LVMPD Homicide Section responded to the scene.
During the investigation, detectives determined this was a homicide and identified the suspect as the victim’s roommate, 31-year-old George Anthony Bone.
According to 8 News Now In Las Vegas, a family member told police Ma and Bone were friends and that she was not close with family, documents said.
Police said Ma and Bone met in high school and moved in with each other last summer.
8 News Now reported that a witness told police they entered the home on Wednesday after seeing an unusually high air conditioning bill. Bone led that witness upstairs to the body, documents said.
“She noticed a cooler against the bedroom closet door, and the bottom of the door had a towel, which covered the gap,” police said. “George told her that she can open it and see.”
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Bone told police Ma had died sometime in May, 8 News Now reported.
“Bone went about living at the house with Beverly deceased in the upstairs closet for the next two months and began ordering several items on Beverly’s Amazon account using her funds for his own gain,” police said. “When asked why he didn’t call for help, Bone’s response was ‘I was afraid of going back to jail… for being found with a dead body.”
8 News Now reported that Bone admitted that his behavior since the death of Beverly Ma was ‘not normal.’ When asked why he placed a cooler in the master bedroom near the closest, Bone stated that he put it there so that he would be alerted if Beverly rose from the dead like in the movie ‘The Grudge.’”
Bone was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center for open murder on a no-bond status.
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