Find Pat Carnes

Family refuses to give up hope

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.

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