By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada authorities launched an aerial search Tuesday for an Indiana couple who have been missing for more than a week.
The Esmeralda Sheriff’s Office said earlier cellphone data indicated Ronnie Barker, 72, and his wife Beverly, 69, were near US Highway 95 in the high desert to the east of the Sierra Nevada between Reno and Las Vegas west of Tonopah on March 27.
Civil Air Patrol confirmed on Tuesday that the 32-foot RV River Seeker they were driving was found stuck in a ditch in a remote area without the passenger car they were towing.
Four CAP aircraft and multiple law enforcement agencies participated in Tuesday’s search, which is expected to continue Wednesday, Lt. Col. Anthony Gorss told The Associated Press Tuesday evening.
Investigators assume they took the white 2020 Kia Soul they were towing to “try and get help,” Gorss said. He said Tuesday’s search focused on area highways and off-road trails in mountainous and desert terrain.
The Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to numerous phone calls or emails seeking comment Tuesday.
Family members who reported the Barkers missing said in numerous social media posts that they left on a cross-country trip last month and were due to return home this week to Indianapolis. They said they left Albany, Oregon on March 27 and planned to meet friends in Tucson, Arizona on March 29.
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