The vehicle of a Moapa man, missing since Sept. 24, was discovered last week north of Mt. Wilson, near the Atlanta gold mine area in Lincoln County, the far east side of Lake Valley.
Sheriff Kerry Lee reported that the 2000 white Ford F-250 pickup of Charles ?Chuck? Harper, 62, was located there Nov. 4 by a Nevada Fish and Wildlife ranger.
The Moapa Valley Progress newspaper, in a September article when he was first reported missing, stated that Harper?s wife, Bella, said, ?He basically left with just the clothes on his back. The only thing he had with him was his driver?s license and a debit card.?
Lee said there has been no activity on the debit card or cell phone since that time and efforts by family members to contact Harper have been unsuccessful.
Mrs. Harper told the newspaper the couple had a minor argument that night, ?so he left to take a drive and cool down. He did that from time to time. He would usually go into Overton to the Red Rooster or some other destination fairly close to home. He had never stayed away overnight before,? she said. Flyers about his disappearance had been distributed in the Moapa-Overton area.
Lee said the Fish and Wildlife officer who found the vehicle had ?remembered seeing it there a couple of weeks earlier, and checked on it again Nov. 4 because he recognized the vehicle. With hunting season,? Lee said, ?it?s not unusual to see lots of vehicles out and about, but this one, in the same spot for a longer period of time, raised suspicion. He ran the plate numbers and it came back a missing person out of the Las Vegas jurisdiction. The keys were still in the vehicle, but no wallet or anything else.?
Lee said Sheriff?s deputies, Fish and Wildlife, plus a couple of Search and Rescue members searched the immediate area that day, but found nothing.
Another search involving about 18 personnel covering a nearly one-mile radius was conducted all day Nov. 5 with no results.
On Nov. 6, a much larger search was mounted, greatly expanding the search radius and involving numerous other agencies ?We were searching in very thick, rugged terrain,? Lee said. ?I called for Mutual Aid from both Iron and Washington counties in Utah. We had about 40 searchers aided by four dogs and handlers, including one from Kane County, Utah near Kanab, four horse mounted searchers, a drone, and the rest on foot or ATVs. We searched until late Sunday afternoon and again found nothing.?
Harper is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 190 pounds.
Lee said on Monday they were discussing whether or not to call off the search.