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Mystery over 1993 cold case murders of Elvis impersonator and his beauty queen girlfriend

The murder of an Elvis impersonator and his beauty queen girlfriend who were shot dead in his mini-Graceland Vegas home in 1993 remain unsolved 27 years later despite his family demanding answers.  

Dana MacKay and Mary Huffman were shot dead in their Vegas mansion, which he called a mini-Graceland, in 1993. 

They were found dead in the middle of the floor in the entryway to the home and had both been shot. 

MacKay was known as the world’s first Elvis impersonator and, according to friends, was among the best there have ever been. 

The killings were presumed to be a robbery even though nothing was stolen from the home aside from a manila folder in which MacKay kept details of his business deals. 

Dana MacKay and Mary Huffman were shot dead in their Vegas mansion, which he called a mini-Graceland, in 1993. Their murders have never been solved 

The Las Vegas mansion where the pair lived and where their bodies were found. He called it

The Las Vegas mansion where the pair lived and where their bodies were found. He called it 

‘Dana always kept a file with him that outlined all his business, whether it was his musical endeavors, the palm tree business, his home and personal information, his life finances.

‘And that was the only notable thing that was missing. Somebody wanted that folder, and somebody wanted Dana,’ Sherwood said.

He had just launched a side project planting palm trees in people’s yards and at hotels and with a friend. 

It’s unclear what was done to investigate the crimes. 

The Las Vegas Police Department insists it’s an open case but is refusing to answer questions on what leads they’ve pursued, if any, or where they are with the case now. 

MacKay’s daughter Misty Vargas previously said she believes she knows who the killer is and thinks police do too but that they are being protected because they have ‘connections’. 

She hasn’t named the person publicly and now says she does not want to speak about the murders. 

‘I know exactly who did it, and I know the cops know exactly who did it, but he’s allowed to get away with it because of his connections,’ she said in a 2017 interview about the case with NBC News. 

Now, Vargas is refusing to speak publicly about the case. She declined an interview when contacted by DailyMail.com. 

Detective George Sherwood, a homicide detective with the Las Vegas Police Department, said in 2008 that he did not believe the pair were killed in a robbery either. 

‘I don’t believe it. Somebody was lying in wait for them,’ he told The Las Vegas Sun in 2008. It’s unclear if he’s still on the case.   

Dana MacKay and Mary Huffman were shot dead in their Vegas mansion, which he called a mini-Graceland, in 1993.

Dana MacKay and Mary Huffman were shot dead in their Vegas mansion, which he called a mini-Graceland, in 1993.

Dana MacKay and Mary Huffman were shot dead in their Vegas mansion, which he called a mini-Graceland, in 1993

Mackay with his daughter Misty when she was a baby

Mackay with his daughter Misty when she was a baby

The pair were found murdered on October 30, 1993, after family and friends called police saying they hadn’t heard from the pair for a few days.

When they were found, they appeared to have just returned home from grocery shopping. 

They had laundry detergent, T-bone steaks, bananas and a box of Junior Mints lying next to them and the steaks had gone off, leading police to believe they’d been dead for more than a day. 

Misty Vargas, Mackay's daughter, said previously she believes her father's killer is being protected by police

Misty Vargas, Mackay’s daughter, said previously she believes her father’s killer is being protected by police 

Only one thing was missing – a manila folder in which he kept records of his palm tree landscaping business. 

He had entered into the business after striking up a relationship with a dealer in California who sold him the trees at a discounted rate. 

He then sold them to wealthy Vegas residents, planting them in their homes, and casinos. 

MacKay partnered with a friend, who had the money to back the business.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is refusing to talk about the case now.

When asked for information, a spokesman told DailyMail.com that the case was ‘open’ and still being investigated but that no one was willing to give an interview about it. 

The cold case department which is investigating refused to answer questions about the case too. 


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