Episode 26

UNSOLVED–Sydney Land and Neo Kauffman

September 23, 2019   Tags: , , ,
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21-year old Sydney Land had just met 20-year-old Neo Kauffman in the summer of 2016. The two seemed to fall head over heels quickly. Sydney lied to her family about moving out on her own. She told her mom she was moving in with friends, but really she moved in with Neo. 

The relationship according to many witnesses was not healthy. Several people who interacted with the couple, reported back to Sydney's mother Connie of Neo's worrisome behavior. According to one he was controlling and another he used abusive language. Connie tried to get Sydney out of the relationship and to come back home.

Despite Connie's best efforts, Sydney stayed. On October 8th, Neo was seen arguing with Shane Valentine, a XXX, in the parking lot of the Red Rock Casino. The exact subject of the argument is not known, although some witnesses claim it was over a gun. 

Later that day to continue the confrontation, Valentine shot at Neo's mother's house. No one was injured and Neo wasn't home at the time.

The Night of the Murders:

On October 26th, Sydney was supposed to meet friends out and then stay at the Linq hotel on the Las Vegas strip. The reservation was under her name. But despite Sydney not showing up, no one contacted her or seemed to be looking for her. 

The next day her cousin sent her boyfriend to Sydney's apartment because she couldn't reach her. When her arrived, he found the door unlocked. Once inside he saw Neo on the floor of the living room and Sydney on the bedroom floor.

Both Sydney and Neo had been shot in the face. The caliber of gun has not been confirmed by law enforcement. In addition to the gun shot wound, Sydney had many abrasions on her shoulders, forearms, knees and lower legs.

The investigation into Sydney and Neo death revealed that Neo may have been trying to groom Sydney into sex work. Law enforcement hasn't confirmed that Sydney participated and her mother strongly believes Sydney would not have. But there is evidence that Neo was a part of that industry. 

No motive has been reported for why Neo and Sydney were killed. But between Neo's confrontation with Shane Valentine weeks earlier and his attempting to become a bigger part in the sex work industry several theories continue to circulate the area.

Shane Valentine was arrested for shooting at Neo's mother's home. He is currently in prison for charges stemming from that night and hasn't been charged with Neo or Sydney's murders.

This week’s assignment is to find out more information about that last night of Sydney and Neo’s lives and who killed them. We are looking for anyone who may have been around the Union Apartment Complex located on South Hualapai Way in Las Vegas on the night of October 26th/October 27th, 2016. 
We are also looking for information regarding the sex work industry within the city limits of Las Vegas, particularly the people inside Neo and Sydney's circle. Their killer or killers may be hiding in plain sight. If you have any information, please contact us.


1. Do not name names publicly. Send everything to the police or to this page and we will forward to the police.
2. Do not post side by side photos.
3. Do not contact any family members.
4. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want to the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to their names.


For more details on Sydney's case, please visit the Baltimore Post-Examiner.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

For information on human trafficking or to get help, please visit National Human Trafficking Hotline.