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Mohave Co. coroner IDs victim as missing woman

Edward Kopp (Source: LVMPD) Edward Kopp (Source: LVMPD)

The office of the Mohave County Coroner on Thursday identified a body found in the Arizona desert as Sheila Linke, 53, who had been missing from Las Vegas for several weeks.

Linke's cause of death was listed as ligature strangulation due to assault and blunt force trauma, a homicide.

Linke was reported missing on Jan. 26. Investigators later discovered her body in a desert area of Mohave County, AZ.

On Feb. 18, Edward Kopp, 52, was booked into Clark County Detention Center and charged with Linke's slaying.

Linke had recently taken Kopp and his girlfriend, Kathy Atteberry, in as roommates.

According to his arrest report, Kopp told police he got into a confrontation with Linke on Jan. 26 because she was attempting to evict him and Atteberry.

Kopp further told detectives Linke screamed at him to get out of the house while holding a knife. Kopp said he kicked Linke in the chest and suffocated her with his hands and a nylon cord.

Kopp said he and Atteberry loaded Linke's body and camping gear into his pickup truck, drove to a bar for drinks, and then drove to a desert area near White Hills, AZ, to bury her.

Atteberry contradicted Kopp's story, saying she never saw a knife.

Atteberry has not been charged in connection with the case, according to police.

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