Traffic stop leads officers to find human remains in back of truck, police say

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Dec. 27 2021, Published 1:05 p.m. ET

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A traffic stop in Las Vegas led police to find human remains in the back of a truck and now officials say the driver was arrested and charged with murder.

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Around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a truck in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

However, the driver did not stop and eventually ran from the truck, officials said.

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Helicopters followed the truck and noticed the driver got into another truck, police said.

Officers tried to stop the driver again, but he fled for a second time. According to authorities, the helicopter followed the vehicle and led police to an apartment complex.


Police approached the vehicle and found the suspect, 57-year-old Eric Holland, exiting the truck.

Holland threw different items at the officers in an attempt to flee the scene, but cops captured him and took him into custody, police said.

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An investigation began, which is when police determined both trucks Holland had been driving were previously reported stolen. Police said they found human remains in the bed of one of the trucks.

Police said they determined Holland was the suspect in the homicides and he was taken to the Clark County Detention Center and booked for his outstanding warrants, as well as open murder.

The investigation is ongoing, officials said. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at (702) 828-3521, or by email at

Authorities said the identification of the victim, as well as the cause and manner of death, would be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.


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