Authorities on Friday identified a body found in an undeveloped housing tract in North Las Vegas as Jade Morris, 10, who was last seen Dec. 21 with a suspect in a casino slashing case. The girl, whose body was discovered on Thursday, died of multiple stab wounds, officials from the Clark County coroner’s office said.
Jade’s family say they last saw her about 5 p.m. on Dec. 21 with Brenda Stokes, who had picked her up to go Christmas shopping. Stokes had recently seen her doctor, pleading to be admitted because she “felt like she was going to hurt someone.” Family members say the girl had a close relationship with Stokes, who used to date her father.
Stokes, 50, was arrested later that night after prosecutors say she slashed a co-worker at the Bellagio casino with razor blades. Stokes appeared in court in that case Friday, when a judge raised her bail to $600,000.
Las Vegas police homicide Capt. Chris Jones said earlier on Friday that Stokes, who also uses the name Brenda Wilson, had not cooperated in the investigation of the girl’s whereabouts.