Eric Holland, a 57-year-old Nevada man, was arrested last week after police said they discovered human remains — including a severed head — in the back of the truck he was driving. 

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said they tried to pull Holland over Thursday afternoon when he fled the scene. Authorities were eventually able to corner him at a casino near the strip, according to local reports

Officers made the gruesome discovery after Holland was subdued and cuffed. The 57-year-old was charged with open murder after the remains were found and was previously wanted on theft charges from 2019. 

Police Find Severed Head after Car Chase

The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that police initiated a traffic stop on a pickup truck on Tropicana Avenue just before 4 p.m. Thursday. 

The driver, later determined to be Holland, did not stop. During the pursuit, a police helicopter reportedly spotted the 57-year-old switch trucks before driving off again. 

Authorities said they tried to pull Holland over again, but that he continued to evade them. With the help of the air unit, police said they were able to corner the fugitive near the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, about three miles from where the chase started. 

There, Holland allegedly threw objects at police and attempted to run away. Officers said they subdued him with a stun gun, and took him into custody after finding several warrants for his arrest. 

But a search of his vehicle led authorities to file a new charge against the 57-year-old. According to KLAS-TV, police found a severed head among other human body parts in a cooler in the bed of his truck. 

It’s not clear if all of the remains belong to the same individual. The decapitated victim will be identified after the Clark County Coroner’s Office completes its investigation, the outlet added. 

After a chase through Las Vegas, police said they discovered a severed head in Eric Holland's truck.
After a chase through Las Vegas, police said they discovered a severed head in Eric Holland’s truck. He was wanted on an arrest warrant for several charges from 2019. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Eric Holland, 57, Faces Several Charges

Holland was arrested at the scene and charged with open murder, a catch-all charge filed by Nevada prosecutors until more facts can be determined. Homicide detectives have taken over the case and are investigating the alleged killing. 

He was also reportedly wanted on a 2019 arrest warrant for using another person’s ID, auto embezzlement of more than $3,500, intent to use a false check, and theft of more than $3,500, according to reports

Police said they believe both trucks Holland drove during the chase were stolen, but it’s not clear if they’re connected to his outstanding warrant. 

According to the Review Journal, Holland was booked in the Clark County Detention Center. Jail records show he was due in court to answer the 2019 charges Monday, and an arraignment hearing for the murder charge was scheduled for Tuesday. His bail hasn’t been set yet. 

Eric Holland, 57, was already wanted for 2019 theft charges before police allegedly found a severed head in his truck.
Eric Holland, 57, was already wanted for 2019 theft charges before police allegedly found a severed head in his truck. The victim has not been publicly identified yet. Photo credit: Clark County Detention Center

The 57-year-old was reportedly scheduled to face a judge on Christmas day, but did not show up in court, KLAS-TV wrote. 

Pending the results of the homicide investigation, Holland’s open murder charge could be updated to first or second degree murder. If charged and convicted of the former, the 57-year-old could face the death penalty, or life in prison without parole. 

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Section is asking for the public’s help in their investigation. Anyone with relevant information should call 702-828-3521 or email homicide@lvmpd.com. To submit an anonymous tip, contact the Las Vegas Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or at crimestoppersofnv.com