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Social media post revives interest in 15-year-old Summerlin cold case

Carol Miller's 2003 murder remains unsolved
Posted at 11:53 AM, Feb 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-07 12:57:11-05

A social media post mistakenly caused concern about a kidnapping and murder in Summerlin, until people realized the case was actually from 2003.

After seeing police activity in the area, some posted to the Nextdoor app and Facebook with links to an article about a woman being snatched on a walk near Sahara Avenue and Fort Apache Road and then found dead a few days later near 215 and Far Hills Avenue.

The date in February and the area was correct, but the actual case happened 15 years ago in 2003.

While people were relieved once they realize the post was a mistake, and there was no immediate threat, the post is now renewing interest in the original case, which remains unsolved.

In 2003, 58-year-old Carol Miller was going for a walk near her home near Sahara and Fort Apache.  After her family tried to look for her, she was later found a few days later near 215 and Far Hills.

It appeared that she had been strangled, and whoever attacked her may have been after her jewelry.  At the time, there was a reward for information, but over the years, the case was never solved.

Miller's son Alex still lives in Las Vegas.  He says he's glad there is a renewed interest in the case and hopes someone will come forward with information.

"She was the toughest woman I know," he says. 

Alex Miller remembers his mom as someone who always helped others. Around the time of her death, she was caring for a friend who had cancer.

Around the time of the murder, family friend Wayne Allyn Root and a few others put up a reward hoping that would quickly solve the case, but that never happened.

"I thought there'd be an answer right away," he says.

Las Vegas police say the case is still considered open. Their cold case investigators review those cases from time to time.  They say any information, however small, could help them.