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Body dumped west of Vegas ID'd as Pahrump man

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Peter Helfirch, left, and Sylvia Castillo, right, face charges connected to the January slaying and dumping of Salvador Zuno-Gama. (Nye County Sheriff's office) Peter Helfirch, left, and Sylvia Castillo, right, face charges connected to the January slaying and dumping of Salvador Zuno-Gama. (Nye County Sheriff's office)
PAHRUMP, NV (FOX5) -

The Clark County Coroner's office released the name of a Pahrump man whose body was dumped in a desert area west of the Las Vegas valley in January.

Salvador Zuno-Gama, 59, died of blunt force head trauma as a result of a homicide, the coroner's office ruled.

According to authorities in Pahrump, Zuno-Gama's neighbor, 36-year-old Peter Jason Helfrich, confessed to his slaying on Jan. 23.

The Nye County Sheriff's office said Helfrich told deputies he dumped Zuno-Gama's body in an area just off Wheeler Pass Road outside of town in the hopes it would be eaten by coyotes.

Search crews located the body over a ravine in Wheeler Pass, which is just west of Mt. Charleston in Clark County, deputies said. The Clark County Coroner's office is assisting in identifying the body.

Sylvia Castillo, 35, of Pahrump was apprehended and questioned by Detectives. Castillo admitted that she became aware Helfrich had killed the man and subsequently assisted him in driving the deceased man's body several miles east into Wheeler Canyon, according to deputies.

Deputies said Helfrich and Castillo then disposed of the man's remains.

Helfrich was booked into the Nye County Sheriff's Office Detention Center on counts of first degree murder, destroying or concealing evidence, battery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Castillo was booked into the Nye County Sheriff's Office Detention Center on counts of accessory to murder and destroying or concealing evidence.

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