Nevada corrections officer suspected of killing woman found dead

UPDATE ON JULY 18: According to the Bannock County Sheriff's Office, Christopher Caggiano was found dead inside a vehicle from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The action reportedly took place outside a bar in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. There was no suicide note left. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


LAS VEGAS (KSNV) -- The manhunt continues for a Nevada State Corrections officer accused of killing his ex-girlfriend. Police believe the murder happened while the couple's twin daughters were sleeping.

LVMPD say 32-year-old Cheri Anaya was the mother who was shot in the head. The victim's father says his twin granddaughters made the discovery of her body inside a bedroom.

Officers say Saturday morning, one of the 9-year-old twins called 911 saying her mother was not moving. When officers arrived at the home, off of Boulder Highway and Tropicana they discovered Anaya's body on the floor.

"The world is coming to a crazy place," said Kelly Fowler who lives next door.

Fowler believes she heard the shots that took Anaya's life.

Homicide detectives say Friday night, Anaya and her ex-boyfriend 41-year-old Christopher Caggiano had an argument. Anaya's father tells News 3, his daughter drove from Bakersfield, California to Caggiano's Las Vegas townhome so he could spend time with the twins.

On Saturday morning, police did not find Caggiano. Detectives say he left the scene.

Chris Roberson saw the children playing outside, Saturday morning. He says he can not believe the twins father would leave them alone with their dead mother.

"I do not understand how he could leave his children to find the mother and have to call it in. It is unbelievable," said Roberson.

Officers believe Caggiano left in a 2017 white Nissan Rogue with Nevada license plate 69B 230. Nevada State Prison officials confirm Caggiano works at the High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs.

Police consider Caggiano armed and dangerous.

Neighbor Henry Atchinson who occasionally ran into Caggiano at townhomes says it is important he is caught soon. "He committed a big crime. He needs to be caught immediately," says Atchinson.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off