Missing From:Wells Nevada
Classification: Missing Endangered
Age at disappearance:86
Hair:Gray or Partially Gray, Partially Bald
Facial Hair-2 day beard growth when he left Toledo
Special Identifiers: Wears glasses
Clothing:Tan or beige pants. Blue plaid shirt. Tan jacket. Toledo Mud Hens baseball Cap. Tan canvas shoes.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Patrick Carnes (86 years old) who was last seen alive in the area of Wells, Nevada on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. He was traveling to Reno, Nevada from Toledo, Ohio. His car was later located abandoned off of I-80 between Golconda and Battle Mountain, in Humboldt County. Carnes was traveling with his canine companion Lucky. Lucky is a large 80-100 pound brown mixed breed male dog.
Patrick and his dog, Lucky, were heading home to Reno when they both mysteriously vanished on April 13, 2011.
In early April 2011, Patrick Carnes traveled from his home in Reno, Nev., to visit family in Ohio. There, he looked at retirement homes where he could spend his golden years.
Patrick, a World War II vet who served in the Solomon Islands, was a proud, active man, with no signs of slowing down.
On April 12, he packed up his dark green Subaru wagon and drove back to Reno with his best friend, a slightly overweight, 100-pound Akita/mixed-breed dog named “Lucky.”
The following night, just after Patrick and Lucky entered the state of Nevada, a trooper pulled Patrick over for not changing lanes appropriately near the town of Wells. After speaking briefly with the officer, Patrick got off with a warning and continued his late-night trek across the state via westbound I-80.
Though they were only about a six hour drive from Reno, Patrick and Lucky never made it there.
The next morning, Patrick’s car was found abandoned in sage brush, a good distance from the highway in rural Winnemucca.
When investigators came upon Patrick’s vehicle, they found no signs of foul play. The car was a good distance from the road, and its front end was facing the interstate. There was no evidence leading investigators to believe Patrick and Lucky were abducted, but they can’t rule anything out.
After doing extensive air and ground searches of the vast, wide open, Nevada desert, police in Humboldt County have come up completely empty-handed. There hasn’t been a single sighting of the missing duo.
When Patrick was pulled over in Wells, he told the trooper he was going to get a room in nearby Elko that night, but there’s no record of him ever doing so.
What happened overnight remains a mystery to investigators, and they need your help to piece the clues together.
In the middle of the night, every night, I-80 is dominated by big rigs. Detectives believe a trucker might have seen what happened to Patrick and Lucky, but no one has come forward as of yet.
“Some trucker saw an old man with a dog,” Humboldt County Undersheriff Curtiss Kull said.
Consequently, investigators would like to make a plea to anyone — specifically long-haul truck drivers — who may have driven on I-80 between Wells and Winnemucca, and saw Patrick and Lucky between the late evening hours of April 13 through the early morning hours of April 14.
Humboldt County Sheriff
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