Two teenagers were arrested in connection with the death of a 45-year-old man believed to have been killed in a house fire on Friday afternoon. The officers then found the body.
Las Vegas police announced Tuesday that 18-year-old Aaron Guerrero and a 16-year-old girl were arrested in Salt Lake City and extradited to Las Vegas for murder.
Firefighters called home on Friday afternoon on the 8400 block of Dunphy Court found the cremated body in the garage, police said, adding that evidence at the scene indicated the fire was not an accident.
The Clark County’s coroner’s office identified the man as Daniel Halseth on Tuesday. His cause of death was sharp violent injuries. Police said in a statement Tuesday that investigators believe he was killed before suspects attempted to burn the house down.
Halseth was previously married to Elizabeth Halseth, now after remarrying Elizabeth Helgelien, the youngest woman ever elected to the Nevada Senate. She was 27 when she won in 2010. A relative of Halseth confirmed the previous relationship.
In October 2011, Halseth was arrested after a domestic violence incident involving Helgelien. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to two cases of coercion and battery and received six months probation.
Halseth filed for divorce in November 2011 after 11 years of marriage and stepped down from her Senate seat. The couple had three children.
Halseth’s aunt Diane Wendt wrote in a message to the Review Journal on Tuesday evening that her nephew was a caring son, brother and father, and a talented musician and photographer whose life was “all about his children.”
“He was so much more than his end,” she wrote. “We loved him.”
Anyone with information can contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 702-828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 to remain anonymous.
Contact Alexis Ford at [email protected] or 702-383-0335. Follow @alexisdford on Twitter. The review journal’s reporter, Sabrina Schnur, contributed to this report.