Roommate arrested for murder of missing Las Vegas woman
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police have confirmed the body of 53-year-old Sheila Linke, who was reported missing, has been found.
52-year-old Edward Kopp has been arrested for Linke's murder. According to the arrest report, Kopp said Linke was threatening to evict him and a woman identified as Kathy Atteberry.
It was during a fight over the eviction that he allegedly killed Linke.
Kopp claims that on Jan. 26, he and Atteberry were trying to nap when Linke began yelling about packing their stuff.
Kopp said he told Atteberry to stay in bed and went to the kitchen. He claims Linke was holding a knife in both hands over her head.
Kopp told police he kicked Linke in the chest and then choked her when she said she was calling the police. Next, he punched her in the face several times, wrapped cord around her neck and put a plastic trash bag over her head.
Kopp claims Atteberry helped him load the body into Kopp's truck. They then went to a bar on West Sahara Avenue and had a drink. After that, they drove to a desert area in Arizona. It was there that the pair allegedly buried the body.
Michelle Powell is Sheila Linke's niece, "I'm devastated and I'm still in shock. I'm angry. I'm sad. I'm [on an] emotional rollercoaster." She goes on to say, "It's sad that someone took her life and she struggled. It's a fear inside of me that she was tortured in that way and that she was afraid."
Linke lived on Island Breeze Court, near Ann Road and Jones Boulevard. She was reported missing on Jan. 28.
Kopp and Atteberry were both interviewed after Linke's disappearance was reported. They told police they last saw her when she left for work on Jan. 26. They also consented to vehicle searches. During the search, police found blood on Kopp's truck. However, he told them it could have been from a hunting trip.
It was later determined the blood was human. Police were still investigating the case when they were contacted by an attorney retained by Kopp.
Kopp was arrested on Feb. 18 after making another statement to police.
Kopp is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Thursday. It is not clear if Atteberry is facing any charges for her involvement.
Friends said afterwards that they suspected foul play because she left behind her cellphone and purse and her dogs were inside the home without food and water.