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Recaptured Nevada inmate dies of apparent suicide, another walkaway inmate remains at large

Posted at 10:20 AM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 13:41:50-04

One of two inmates who walked away from the Jean Conservation Camp has died of an apparent suicide while the other inmate remains at large. 

Around 12:20 p.m. April 28, correctional officers found inmate Melody Morgan hanging from a bed sheet tied to the upper bunk in her cell at the Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center in Las Vegas. Morgan was housed alone at the time. 

Responding staff made immediate notification to 911 and attempted to provide emergency medical care until help arrived. Morgan was pronounced dead at the hospital at approximately 8:25 p.m.

25-year-old Morgan was convicted in Clark County on charges of robbery, burglary with a firearm, conspiracy to commit a violent crime and use of a deadly weapon enhancement. She had been in prison since January 2014 and was serving 5 to 15 years.  

Morgan was moved from Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center to Jean Conservation Camp on Jan. 3. She walked away from the camp on April 19 and was taken back into custody a week later on April 26.

A second inmate who walked away from the camp at the same time as Morgan remains at large. 26-year-old Stephanie Pilar Troklus was sentenced to 1 to 4 years for uttering a forged instrument and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

Troklus is 5 feet 3 inches tall with brown hair and green eyes. She has many tattoos including the name “Billy” in script on the right side of her neck, a skull and crossbones, flowers and 3 diamonds among other tattoos on her right arm/wrist. Her left middle finger has a crown tattoo on it.

Troklus is believed to still be in the Las Vegas area. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Stephanie Troklus is asked to contact 911 or their local law enforcement agency.