Patrick Carnes last seen April 13, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012, 12:45 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012, 12:45 AM EST
By Allison Brown, FOX Toledo News weekend anchor
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WUPW) – With the turning of a new year, the hope of answers will surface in the case of a missing Nevada man with ties to Toledo.
Patrick Carnes, an 87-year-old World War II veteran, has has been missing since April 12, 2011. He was last seen driving outside of Reno, Nev., just one day after visiting his family in Toledo.
He was on a cross-county trip with his dog that would take him to his home in Reno. Carnes’ last whereabouts was at a Flying J Travel Plaza in Wells, Nev., some 350 miles east of Reno.
For several months his brother, retired Toledo police officer Jim Carnes, has been using his instinct to try and help in the search for his brother.
But at this point, Patrick is still nowhere be found.
“Nothing concrete has been found,” Jim said. “They continue to check leads, the (Humboldt County) sheriff’s deputy who has been in charge, he’s been very active – keeps us informed of what’s going on.”
It’s frustrating because the last evidence of Patrick Carnes was found on April 13, 2011. His car was spotted near exit 205 on I-80 near the town of Winnemucca.
Patrick was driving home to Reno with his dog Lucky.
“Since my brother’s been missing we’ve had a billboard put up near exit 205,” Jim said. “They’re missing, and again that area out there is so vast, and my nephews are out there almost every weekend. They get phone calls, they get leads from people and we check them out as well as the sheriff’s department.”
As the time passes, Jim says he’s more realistic than anything. He does suspect foul play.
Secret Witness is offering a reward for information. You can also contact Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (775) 623-6429 and ask for Undersheriff Curtiss Kull.
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.
Cops Fear For Missing Duo Despite No Obvious Signs Of Foul Play
Cops in northern Nevada found Patrick’s abandoned car off of I-80. He and Lucky were last seen alive near Wells, Nev., at 9 p.m., April 13.
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, cops 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.
Cops Plea For Eagle-Eyed Truckers To Come Forward
Patrick Carnes’ dog, Lucky, is a slightly overweight, 100-pound Akita/mixed-breed. Patrick’s family tells cops the two were virtually inseparable.
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.
What’s more bizarre about the disappearance of Patrick and Lucky is what happened years prior.
On February 14, 2006, 62-year-old Judith Casida left a note at her home in Reno, Nevada. It was to her husband and it said she was tired of being married. She jumped in her white pick up truck and left.
About a month later, investigators found the white pick up truck off I-80, on Exit 205, the same exit where cops located Patrick Carnes’ car.
Undersheriff Kull believes there are no coincidences in law enforcement, so now the question becomes: are these to cases linked by a single predator, opportunistically preying on the weak?
If you know anything about the bizarre disappearance of Patrick Carnes, his best friend, Lucky, or Judith Casida, call our hotline right away at 1-800-CRIME-TV.