LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Homicide detectives took over a missing persons call on Tuesday evening in the west Las Vegas Valley.

At a press briefing about 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 3, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said dispatch got a missing persons report of a woman about 9 a.m.

According to a release from Metro, the missing woman had arranged a ride with a man, later identified as 38-year-old Chuck Chaiyakul, to meet with the 911 caller.

Mug for Chuck Chaiyakul

The caller told police that the missing woman called him to let him know she was en route to his residence, but he could hear arguing and a struggle. The person said the phone then disconnected and he hadn't heard from the woman since.

The Clark County Coroner's Office identified her as 39-year-old Jennifer Ann Ratay. She died from multiple gunshot wounds and the coroner ruled her death as homicide.


Jennifer Ratay (Facebook)

Missing persons detectives responded and immediately began to investigate. They tracked Chaiyakul at a residence on the 6700 block of Garden Grove Avenue, near Flamingo Road and Rainbow Boulevard.

LVMPD said through the investigation, detectives learned Ratay was killed inside the home and was still located at the residence.

The detectives then put a "freeze" on the home and a vehicle at the property, and requested search warrants. 

Spencer said they believed Ratay was inside of a 55-gallon drum in the garage of the home. 

A truck carrying Metro's X-ray equipment arrived about 8 p.m., and police confirmed Ratay's body was in the drum. 

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Whomever was familiar with this incident as of 3 days ago and left a drum-sized bucket in a Las Vegas park while some guy makes harassing comments about a woman stuffed inside a drum when you walk by it, you need to see a psychiatrist about your bizarre behavior and stop following crime blogs and police radio.

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