Case Information

Missing
Patrick
Francis
Carnes
April 13, 2011 00:00
04/29/2011
86 to 86 years old
Unknown DOB
White
Other
Male
71.0 to 72.0
180.0

Circumstances

Wells
Nevada
Humboldt
The Reno Police Department and Humboldt County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing person. 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, 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.

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.

If you know anything about the bizarre disappearance of Patrick Carnes, or his best friend, Lucky, you've got to call our toll-free Hotline right away at 1-800-CRIME-TV. Remember: You can remain anonymous.

@ Info Posted on America's Most Wanted Website.

Physical

Gray or Partially Gray
Partially balding.
2 days beard growth when he left Toledo.
Blue
Blue
Wears glasses.


Medical

Clothing and Accessories


Tan or beige pants. Blue plaid shirt. Tan jacket. Mud Hens Baseball Cap.
Tan canvas shoes.
Yes - glasses
Toledo Mud Hens baseball cap.

Transportation Methods

Subaru
Forester
Green
719 SDN
Nevada
Vehicle was recovered near Mile Marker 205 off I80 in Nevada. Pumpernickel Valley.

Dental

Dental information / charting is currently not available

DNA

Guidelines for Collection of DNA
Sample available - Not yet submitted

Fingerprint Information

Fingerprint information is available elsewhere

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Lucky dog (04/29/2011)
Patrick F. Carnes (04/29/2011)
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Investigating Agency

Deputy Sheriff
Curtiss
Kull
775-623-6419
www.hcsonv.com
0411-042
April 14, 2011
County
Humboldt County Sheriff
50 W. Fifth Street
Winnemucca
Nevada
89445

Reports

Contacts

Case Manager

Curtiss
Kull
775 623-6419

Regional Administrator

Dustin
Driscoll
Dustin.Driscoll@unthsc.edu
817-240-4106