Missing Indiana couple found in Nevada desert; man dead, woman hospitalized, family says
ESMERALDA COUNTY, Nevada (Gray News) – An Indiana couple who went missing more than a week ago in Nevada have been found, according to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.
Ronnie and Beverly Barker’s nephew, Travis Peters, posted an update on Facebook Tuesday evening saying that rescue teams have found the couple near Silver Peak, according to KVVU.
He said Ronnie died and Beverly was being airlifted to a hospital in Reno where she was doing well.
KOLO reports that the couple left Oregon on March 26 and were heading to Tucson, Arizona.
Their daughter, Jennifer Whaley, says all contact with her parents ceased more than a week ago – all cellphone pings ceased on March 27.
“It’s literally like they’re falling off the face of the earth. Like they’ve just disappeared,” Whaley said.
According to a missing persons flyer shared by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, they were driving a 2015 Forest River Sunseeker RV with a gold stripe and an Indiana C128H license plate.
Ronnie and Beverly were also towing a white 2020 Kia Soul with Indiana license plate FL211A.
Family members say the couple’s motorhome was found stuck in the mud and their car was not at the scene.
AZFamily reports that the Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Office said the couple never made it to the Nellis AFB campground, where they were supposed to spend the night before driving back to Tucson.
“My parents were supposed to meet them in Tucson on Tuesday night March 29. That’s when they were supposed to go to the Tucson Campgrounds. They didn’t show up,” Whaley said of her parents meeting their friends in Tucson who they’ve known for more than three decades.
Peters told KVVU they don’t know what happened to the couple, as details surrounding Ronnie’s death have not been released.
He said the Mineral County undersheriff gave them limited information and only said Beverly was fine.
“Thank goodness Beverly is alive because she can fill in those blanks that we don’t know. Why did they go up the mountain? What happened?” said Peters.
Ron and Beverly Barker have been located according to family members on social media.
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