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Rangers Seek Information on Missing 42-Year-Old

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Date: September 26, 2006
Contact: Roxanne Dey, 702.293.8947

On Friday, September 1, 2006, National Park Service (NPS) personnel were notified by the fiancée of Sid Espinoza, that he had gone fishing late Wednesday evening (around 10 p.m.), August 30, and had not returned home. At about 1:30 p.m., September 1, the fiancée and friends located Espinoza’s vehicle and boat trailer in the Callville Bay parking lot and then contacted Rangers.

NPS Rangers, Nevada Department of Wildlife Wardens, a search and rescue team from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and the NPS pilot all tried to locate Espinoza. Divers were summoned but did not enter the water because we did not have a reliable “point last seen” and the Callville Bay area is too large to search.

On Saturday, September 2, a visitor on a personal watercraft found an overturned vessel on the shoreline east of the Callville Bay Marina.  Rangers confirmed it was registered to Espinoza.  Rangers again did shoreline and on-the-water searches.  Rangers, Wardens, and NPS volunteers have continued to search the area daily.  We have been unable to locate Mr. Espinoza’s body.

Rangers are asking members of the public who may have been in the area of Callville Bay and may have seen Espinoza on a 10-foot, dark green, aluminum fishing vessel (a “jon boat”) to call the NPS Dispatch Center at 702.293.8998 and share any information you have with park rangers.

Did You Know?

A Bighorn Sheep

Desert Bighorn sheep live in matriarchal societies. A dominant female leads a herd, which for much of the year consists primarily of ewes and their lambs. The rams tend to stay together in bachelor groups until the summer breeding season.