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  1. This is the last time I'm going to say this: My grandmother did not, DID NOT, commit suicide. Anybody who actually knew her in life would attest to that. Also, her last name was Dixon, not Nixon.
  2. I don't know what they are, but my stupid cousin probably used them for something evil.
  3. There was an initial search that rendered nothing. As I'm sure you know, that is a HUGE desert, and a dumping ground for many bodies over the decades. The weather extremes, animal activity, and countless abandoned mine shafts make finding the lost akin to finding that needle in a haystack.... but with Bob and friends on the job, there's never been a better chance of finding something. Until I saw Bob's videos, I had not truly comprehended the vastness of Nevada's deserts...
  4. Yes, Harry was a good guy. He and a few of his brothers were all into mining... the 'ol 'get rich quick' kind of thinking. The Leightons are all, for the most part, hard working, unconventional folks that marched to the beat of their own drum. I and my many cousins carry that 'marching' gene and have carved out unique ways of being. Quite a colorful bunch. Nan was getting to the end of her life span, and she was concerned she'd have nothing to leave for her sons when she died. In addition, she was always operating on a shoe string budget. After she was finally declared dead (after 7 years missing, if I recall correctly), her entire estate was worth less than $10,000.00, and was divided among 8 grandchildren and my dad (Uncle Vic was killed in that logging truck accident). I am in awe of those mine searchers... so much dedication and bravery... what drives them? How do they refrain from giving up? Until I began looking into Nan's situation, I had no idea how many THOUSANDS of people just drop off the face of the earth... it's staggering, and overwhelming.
  5. Our private investigator at the time likened the situation to the movie, "Walking Tall"... I've never seen the flick, but I think perhaps I'll watch it! Also - the editor of the newspaper and her husband packed up and fled Lovelock, almost literally overnight, so disturbed/frightened were they by Nan's unfortunate fate. We never heard from Carol again (Carol Pringle Marshall).
  6. Good Morning Y'All... A couple of points to help: The area where the car was found had been previously searched by air and horseback. When the car was finally located, it was fairly clean, and the tires still held air; an unlikely condition if it had been sitting there for four years, with extreme temperature changes, etc. I spoke directly with the hunter who found the car, James Jurad, during my own investigation. He specifically remembers another gas receipt he saw in the glovebox that was dated AFTER Nan's disappearance - which he found very strange after learning about Nan's situation. That receipt never made it into evidence; it was apparently and conveniently removed, in all probability by law enforcement, before the evidence was processed by Washoe. James also mentioned that the rats' nest was only, at best, one or two years old (I guess he knows about such things, having observed and hunted most of his life). He also got the distinct impression that he was being treated as a suspect, which didn't sit well with him or his now ex-wife. Probably one of the most important pieces of info was that there were regular air drops being dumped on the lease that were witnessed by the then-editor of the Lovelock Review and her retired military intelligence officer husband. They hid up on a hill with binoculars and watched it happen. It is theorized that my second cousin (now deceased) and his best friend - a local law enforcement officer - were receiving air drops of (most likely) narcotics, then distributing them through a front business they owned together (a "novelty" shop). That officer was related to at least two other local law enforcement officers... The plot continued to thicken concurrently with the clouds that covered the entire situation. A few years after Nan disappeared, my father's brother, Uncle Vic, went out to visit his Uncle Harry at the lease. Now, Harry had always maintained he only obtained minute amounts of gold from the tailings he mined, enough to adorn wife Lula's fine china, but little more. However, during Vic's visit (after several drinks) Harry showed him a large stash of gold bricks under his bed. Within a few years, Uncle Vic was killed in a freak logging truck accident that was never explained. An experienced trucker, he was on his first day of a new job... and went sailing over a cliff with a full load of logs, beheaded on impact. We believe the brake lines were tampered with, but could never prove anything. At any rate, he was forever silenced - along with Nan, and whatever she witnessed on that cursed lease. My second cousin was a violent, twisted man who molested several of his female cousins, killed animals for fun, etc. He and Nan could never stand each other; she only tolerated him for her brother Harry's sake. He died of Alzheimer's at the age of 66. Although I recently was contacted by his daughter (who did not know him very well, it seems) I just don't have the heart to poison the few good memories she has of him, and haven't discussed any of this with her. Oh, and importantly, as a matter of fact, ALL the evidence processed in the case simply disappeared, just like Nan. Her car was sold at auction by Pershing County Sheriff's Dept. Thank you all SO MUCH for putting time and energy into this long, arduous mystery... there's a special place in Heaven (if it exists) for all of you.
  7. @TomFuller Greetings, Tom! Yes, indeed, she was on her way, and her brother was expecting her. I believe you are correct that Nan was trying to comfort us with her note, knowing that she was not going to make it out of her situation alive. I think it was her captor(s) that were trying to get her to shoot herself so that they wouldn't have to go to the trouble. I wish the prime suspect was still alive so we could shake the truth outta him! So, I have a doppelgänger, eh? Poor woman, hehe. As far as the gas receipt, that is definitely Nan's signature on the charge. She probably filled up before the last leg of her journey to the lease. We believe she actually made it to the lease, and was more than likely murdered there by another family member (not her brother). Her brother may have played a part in the ensuing cover-up; but for the most part, he was a nice man without a mean bone in his body... I hope there truly is life after death so I can get some answers to all the questions someday.
  8. Wow, Bob... seeing these videos has had a profound effect on me; I experience them viscerally, and you have filled in large, missing puzzle pieces in my mind's eye of Nan's final day on this strange Earth. Kudos to you and your extremely brave family for going out there not just once in the dead of night, but at least twice! Please extend my most sincere 'get well' wishes to your wife; I'm so sorry about her broken leg, and hope Tunnel Camp didn't have anything to do with her injury... that place 'feels' cursed, even though I'm sitting several hundred miles away. Great photography - and the mysteriously appearing lights add more mystery to the soup. That darkness seems almost 'unnatural'. Here's the graveyard as it appeared in 1979...
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