North American Missing Persons Network
Carl Steven Sanders

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Above Images: Sanders

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 8, 2002 from Big Smoky Valley, Lander County, Nevada.
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 20, 1953
  • Age: 48
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Weight: 230 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black/Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown/Hazel
  • Race: White/Native
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Medium complexion.
    Dental x-rays are available.
  • Clothing: May be nude.
  • Jewelry: Gold wedding band worn on left hand.
  • NCIC Number: M-102547499
  • Case Number: 220289; 02-004610

  • Details of Disappearance
    Carl and his wife Debra, were sightseeing in Big Smoky Valley, east of State Highway 376. His car ran out of gas in the desert, so he and his wife left the vehicle and attempted to hike to the main road in search of a gas station. They had no provisions, and temperatures reached about 125 degrees during that time period. His wife was found in a delirious state two days later.

    Searchers found the shirt, cutoffs and one shoe Sanders was wearing as he walked through the desert. It is common for heatstroke victims to remove their clothing. However, foul play has not been ruled out. California authorities are assisting with the investigation.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lander County Sheriff's Department
    (775) 635-5161
    Nevada State Police
    (775) 687-3779

    Source Information
    California Department of Justice
    The San Diego Union-Tribune
    The Vacaville Reporter