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ATTENTION Truckers: America’s Most Wanted needs your help with Missing Person: Patrick F. Carnes and dog, Lucky

Nevada Cops: Bizarre Disappearance of WWII Vet, Dog

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.

Cops Fear For Missing Duo Despite No Obvious Signs Of Foul Play

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.

Cops Plea For Eagle-Eyed Truckers To Come Forward

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.

Media Photo Patrick and his dog Lucky were heading home to Reno when they both mysteriously vanished on April 13 2011 fugitives,Patrick Carnes
Patrick and his dog, Lucky, were heading home to Reno when they both mysteriously vanished on April 13, 2011.
Media Photo Cops in northern Nevada found Patrick s abandoned car off of I 80 He and Lucky were last seen alive near Wells Nev at 9 p m April 13 fugitives,Patrick Carnes
 Cops in northern Nevada found Patrick’s abandoned car off of I-80. He and Lucky were last seen alive near Wells, Nev., at 9 p.m., April 13.
Media Photo Patrick Carnes dog Lucky is a slightly overweight 100 pound Akita mixed breed Patrick s family tells cops the two were virtually inseparable fugitives,Patrick Carnes
Patrick Carnes’ dog, Lucky, is a slightly overweight, 100-pound Akita/mixed-breed. Patrick’s family tells cops the two were virtually inseparable.
Age Range:
85 – 86
180 lbs.
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair):
  • Gray / White
  • He is balding with gray hair on the sides of his head.
  • Patrick is typically clean-shaven.
  • Blue
  • Glasses
Scars and Tattoos:
  • No known scars.
  • No known tattoos.
Traits and Habits:
  • Patrick was traveling with his lifelong companion, Lucky, an 80 – 100 pound Akita/mixed breed male dog.
  • He was a WWII vet, serving in the Solomon Islands campaign.
Last Seen:
  • Wells , NV
Other Possible Locations:
  • Winnemucca , NV
  • Golconda , NV
  • Battle Mountain , NV
  • Wells , NV
  • Nevada
  • Elko , NV
  • Reno , NV
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  1. in the skin body piercing
    June 25, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Thanks for posting and helping me put the pieces together I hope they both are found

  2. Jim Garrigues
    June 25, 2011 at 10:28 am

    After listening to Coast to Coast on 6/25/2011 I identified a truck logo that seems to match what is shown in the police dash-cam photo. Please look at the Mak Trucking logo at: http://jdgraphicstudio.deviantart.com/art/Mak-Trucking-Logo-139236900

    • June 25, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Thank you I will see that his family gets the information and i am sure they will appreciate it a lot!

  3. cal
    June 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    it kind sounds like the trooper may have told him some thing as when i was in the area a few yrs ago i was stop for the same thing snd the trooper was acting kind strange and wanted me to get out of car at the time a car drove past and he let me go i was so scared of him as he was yelling at me for no reason

    • nancy gibson
      June 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      Why isn’t the Trooper investigated? Get a seach warrent and check everything out about the guy. If he has nothing to do with this he should not have a problem with it. Crazy comes in all ages, all jobs and all races!

  4. rob
    June 26, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I feel I am a bit of a psychic, I see a blond woman young flagging down people , wearing shorts and light colored top, shoulder length hair a throw back to the late 70;s early 80’s .
    I feel she is smiling trying to use her charms to attract unsuspecting men … i see her doing this at night on shoulder of road or near side of road… a truck stop or something like that …is part of the scenario .perhaps a victim . I feel there is a person in a car watching her a male …perhaps victim , I feel the car is low to the ground , like a sports car, or small car, compact, woman may be a prostitute, see car being blue or dark color . and a map is being used to provide or get directions in scenario …i see a ridge of hills or mountains person is led to or directed to or someone else is there , I believe sex is involved as device of deception..

  5. Linda
    June 29, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Link to the Coast to Coast radio broadcast.

  6. Joey
    July 1, 2011 at 3:10 am

    I cleaned up the image and saw the logo appeared….i edited it and made it show edges and such….its acompany in texas. Suz Jo Inc

  7. theresa
    September 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    the last person to see him was the cop ?

  8. Theresa
    July 9, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    He probly pulled over to sleep let his dog out for a second and the fog probly chased something andhe had to go chase his dog and got hit by a trucker..no trucker wabts anything on his drive record espechially if they was speeding loaded frunk unlicensed..im sure no record of trucks that took that highway that night ..is it on video to prove he said to cop he was getting hotel ? someone that old shoulden be driveing across country alone and been liveing with a family member.

  9. Theresa
    July 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    whoops i need typeing class or glasses sorry 4 mistype not enough wine.

  10. Theresa
    July 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    on second thought its more possible there iis no trucker connection like cop says about patrick following truck and knew trucker..its possible the cop got ticked off when patrick did not change lanes fast enough when approaching cop on side of road with anougher truck giveing a ticket or what ever he was doing..cops get mad if you dont move over to other lane when they are standing on side of road giveing a ticket to someone else due to the fact so many cops have been ran over by this driveing habit staying in one lane poor guy was probly tired and cop had a moody moment that may of got out of hand investigate dont assume ..not all blue is true blue i been pulled over by nevada cops before yikes…what are they on …i even got stopped comeing out of a chevon rest room clerk had no ideal what cops problem was..

    • Theresa
      July 30, 2013 at 12:09 am

      the truck that was actually pulled over should be checked out and the cop as well too much docus on the other truck passing that probly had a fake decal…car was backed into a bush with front end faceing road ..just like a cop would park his car waitting for a speeder to come by ..oregon patrol is good at hugging a bush to catch someone speeding..nevada cops are on something apparnetly …….the dog looks like one i seen at a marina but it was before this 2011 date. good luck…

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