On September 19th 1970, Gordon Petrovich, security guard at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel, stated that somebody calling himself "Mr. Davis" had rang the casino on either September 7th or 8th and reported that Donna Lass had left town because of a family illness. Gordon Petrovich claimed he had left a note regarding the phone call on the security desk. According to the private investigator's report, friend of Donna Lass, Jo Anne Goettsche, was planning to meet her on the night of September 7th 1970 at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel & Casino, making contact with security guard George Victor Jonasson and asking of Donna's whereabouts through until 4:00am on September 8th 1970. According to Jo Anne Goettsche, George Victor Jonasson insisted he knew nothing about the whereabouts of Donna Lass. Had the "suspicious" call to Gordon Petrovich been delivered on September 7th 1970 stating she wouldn't be coming to work at 6:00pm that evening and Gordon Petrovich had left a note on the security desk stating this fact, then security guard George Victor Jonasson should have known that Donna Lass had been called out of town for a family illness and been able to inform Jo Anne Goettsche of these details on the night of September 7th, into the 8th. But he didn't. This would lend credence to the phone call received by Gordon Petrovich being delivered on September 8th 1970, assuming George Victor Jonasson wasn't lying about reading the note (or hadn't seen it, or wasn't informed of its contents). The fact that no Sahara Tahoe Hotel staff were able to enlighten Jo Anne Goettsche for several hours about the whereabouts of Donna Lass, appears to suggest that no note (and no phone call) was made on September 7th 1970. And if the phone call wasn't made by Nick Davis, it was probably the killer.
If Donna Lass was murdered shortly after leaving the casino at 2:00am on September 6th 1970, this would make the phone call to Gordon Petrovich on September 8th 1970 over two days later. If the killer knew Donna Lass was still alive at the closure of September 6th 1970 (because no crime had been committed yet) and he knew she wasn't working on Labor Day, September 7th 1970, no phone call would have been necessary until September 8th 1970.
I noticed that the statement by Gordon Petrovich referred to a phone caller who said that Donna Lass wouldn't be coming to work that day. So a phone call made by somebody on September 8th 1970 during his shift hours, was not only making that call before 6:00pm (when Donna would have started her shifts), but the caller knew she was scheduled to work that day. Nick Davis, the landlord of Donna Lass (who shouldn't have been privy to her work schedule), was fairly adamant that he wasn't the "Mr. Davis" who rang Gordon Petrovich on either September 7th or the 8th. Everything points to a "suspicious" phone call being made during the shift of Gordon Petrovich on September 8th 1970, who knew Donna was due to work that day, and knew that her family lived out of town. These are details that would be unknown to a random serial killer or murderer, even if they abducted her in the vicinity of the casino. A killer unknown to the victim had little reason to delay an investigation by claiming a "family illness".