A man who performed at a former Star Trek-themed attraction off the Las Vegas Strip was found dead in his home Monday afternoon.
The Clark County Coroner's Office, though, did not release the cause and manner of death for Charles Thomas Deishley on Wednesday.
According to Las Vegas Metro police, officers were called to the house, located on Alta Drive near Rancho Drive, to conduct a welfare check about 1:45 p.m. Monday. The elderly man lived alone and had several health issues, according to police.
When no one answered the door, police walked to the back of the house, where they saw the man's body from a rear window.
Police said it appeared the man had been shot, and evidence in the house pointed to a recent home invasion robbery.
According to several posts on social media websites, Deishley worked as an actor at the Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton before it closed several years ago. According to the posts, Deishley played a general from a fictional race of aliens depicted on the Star Trek series called Klingons. Many people left condolences on the posts, including some written in Klingon.
"Track this person down. [He or she] cannot get away with it. This was our friend. This was a father. He deserves justice," friend Melanie Ludwig said.
Ludwig said Deishley was dedicated to his job.
"He didn't break character for nobody, and he took his job extremely seriously. He said once, ‘I'm out there. You're not going to see the civilian Tom,'" she said.
Longtime friend and 11-year fellow cast member Richard Oden said he looked forward to going to work every day because of Deishley.
"Like a character out of the Old West, he was opinionated, forceful – a strong, loyal friend," Oden said.
Oden said Deishley brought Star Trek to life for everyone he came across.
"Fans had the opportunity to feel that they were a part of Star Trek somehow," he said.
Ludwig said Deishley struggled with a heart condition.
"Knowing he was taken before his time, that's a whole different ball game, and there is a lot of fury from a lot of fans," she said.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Metro's Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555. You may also leave information online at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.
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