I-Team: ‘She was my baby,’ family mourns woman found dead during drug bust, likely there for days – KLAS – 8 News Now

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Sahara Hoffine had never been to house before, family says

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Posted: Mar 8, 2021 / 06:15 PM PST/ Updated: Mar 8, 2021 / 07:42 PM PST

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The family of a 23-year-old woman who investigators say had been “dead for a while” when they found her during a drug bust wants answers.

In February, FBI agents and Metro Police officers found Sahara Hoffine’s body inside a home at 2953 Lawndale St. on the east side. Hoffine was lying on a couch in the home of a man federal agents later took into custody on drug charges.

“The [informant] said that the female was definitely dead, and she was stiff as a board and that she was dead for a while,” court documents said.

Hoffine had moved to Las Vegas in October from Washington State, her mother, Loretta Hoffine, said.

“I’m very angry because she was mine,” Loretta said. “She was a person. She was mine. She was my baby. She was worth so much more than that.”

Loretta said Hoffine was an accomplished athlete who loved animals. She said she had come to Las Vegas for a new challenge and did not think her daughter was using any drugs besides marijuana.

“She swore, faithfully, that she was not using any other drugs,” Loretta said. “I believe it because I know she was afraid of them. It just wasn’t in her nature.”

Sahara had no criminal record, her family said. And, as far as they know, she had never been to the house on Lawndale Street.

Sahara Hoffine (KLAS)

“To be in that house, that’s the biggest red flag for us,” Kristina Eddy, Sahara’s cousin, said. “She deserves to have this looked into. The circumstances of

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