Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Patrick vanished on April 13, 2011 after traveling from his home in Reno, Nevada to visit family in Ohio. When in Ohio 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 re-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.
A youtube video about Patrick's disappearance can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SqCt0vDYgA
Patrick's family is concerned that he may have fallen victim to a possible serial killer discussed in this article http://www.8newsnow.com/story/15042343/i-team-is-a-serial-killer-hunting-motorists-in-northern-nevada
A billboard asking for information on Patrick's disappearance has been erected in the Golconda area, along Interstate 80, information regarding this can be found at https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=319899831362713
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Humboldt County Sheriff's Office
Family of Patrick Carnes