Family searches for answers after 20-year-old murdered at south valley resort

Bailey Short, 20, was was found dead at Tahiti Village Resort on Aug. 15, 2018 (Photo: Facebook / FOX5).

Michael Land (LVMPD)

Michael Land (LVMPD)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Police have arrested a suspect in an Aug. 2018 homicide at Tahiti Village.

Woman shot, killed at resort on Las Vegas Boulevard identified

Just before 9:30 p.m. on May 13, 2019 a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer stopped 38-year-old Michael Land for a traffic violation in the area of Silverado Ranch and Maryland Parkway, Metro said.

Las Vegas detectives still searching for leads in August murder

During the stop, the officer learned Land had an outstanding warrant in connection with 20-year-old Bailey Short's homicide from Aug. 15, 2018, at Tahiti Village, 7200 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Metro said.

Family searches for answers after 20-year-old murdered at south valley resort

Homicide detectives responded to the location of the traffic stop and took over the investigation, Metro said. Land was arrested "without incident."

Bailey's mother, Barbara Short said she was relieved to hear about the arrest. 

"I’m very grateful for the detectives and the work they’ve done. It’s a mixed blessing," Barbara Short said.

According to Land's arrest report, a friend of Short's said Short had been working as a prostitute and Land was described as a "regular" client named "Mike." The friend said Short would pay him to drive her around Las Vegas. 

On Aug. 15, 2018, Short and her friend had arranged to pick up Land at the Aria Hotel. The friend said Land got into his front seat with a "stuffed" backpack. They drove to Tahiti Village, where the friend dropped off Short and Land. 

Later that morning, a witness said she heard a gunshot, a female screaming, and a second gunshot. According to the report, she then reported seeing a man who fit Land's description walking between a garage and mechanical building near Tahiti Village, where Short's body was later found. 

Land was identified through a combination of cell phone records, surveillance video, and he was picked out of photo lineup by the Short's friend, the driver, the report said.

Land had a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday, May 30.

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He'll be out in a couple of years.

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