Frankie Zappia, last known person to see Las Vegas murder victims alive, arrested in Tennessee on theft charges

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September 6, 2023. Frankie Zappia, a convicted prostitute and stepdaughter of retired Las Vegas Metro Police (LVMPD) Officer Daniel ‘Dano’ Giersdorf was arrested on August 30, 2023, in Chattanooga, TN. and charged with theft of property, and  a firearm.

According to the LVMPD, Zappia was the last known person to see Sydney Land and Nehemiah Kauffman alive on the night of October 25, 2016. On October 27, 2016, Land and Kauffman were both found shot in the head in their Southwest Las Vegas apartment.

The murders are unsolved.

Separate and apart from my reporting, the ‘Nevada Current’ in a June 7, 2018, article reported, “In an exclusive interview with the Current, Aryanne (Zappia) admits she told police that her sister, Frankie Zappia, likely let the killer(s) into Kauffman’s apartment. Frankie Zappia denies she was present and says she had no part in the crime. Frankie Zappia is identified in court documents as a prostitute working for alleged pimp Dominique Thompson. Aryanne, a former prostitute, and her sister Frankie are the stepdaughters of retired LVMPD officer Dano Giersdorf. A Metro spokesman identified Frankie Zappia and Thompson as suspects in the double murders.”

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