Authorities try to determine how Leslie Jordan died as mourning fans flock to crash site
By Eric Brown
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Authorities have combed the Las Vegas area in the hopes of finding the body of Leslie Jordan, the “Lolita” star who died Saturday in a fiery crash in her car.
Investigators spent Monday morning sifting through the wreckage of the actress’ Ford Explorer, which is the same vehicle the crash victim is believed to be driving.
A local media contingent was present, and reporters from around the world were invited to witness the search for Jordan, who also worked on the TV series “Law & Order: LA,” from 2000 to 2004.
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are leading the investigation.
Jordan’s manager said the actress’ body was discovered on Sunday but later was removed from the car.
“We’re just in the dark right now,” spokeswoman Tracey Bannos told CNN. “We’re taking it very cautiously.”
The Hollywood Reporter reported that Jordan’s friends were “shocked” after they didn’t find her body in the wreckage.
“She was so excited to be here, to meet her fans, and we really weren’t expecting anything,” a close friend told THR.
Jordan was involved in a fiery accident on Saturday night near Moapa, Nevada, which is about 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas. According to the local media, she was trying to reach a gas station when she crashed into a tree and flipped over her own vehicle. She was rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Jordan was a familiar face on “Lolita,” one of the most popular TV series on the small screen of the 1970s. But she was also an actress who had a successful career in film and television, where she’d played roles in “Ghostbusters II,” “My Big Redneck Wedding” and “Fargo.”
The cause of her death is under investigation, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.
“Our deepest condolences are extended to her family and close friends,” Scott Wolf, Jordan’s friend and manager, said