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In California you have to be really careful about brandishing a firearm, but those old timers could probably care less and are far enough away from civilization that most law enforcement don't even bother to follow up. Sooner or later they will brandish a firearm and someone else will check them and another one will bite the dust. 

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How far back was that, Cindy? My G-grandmother's death was not recorded in the county records because she died at her brother's house and it was only listed in the newspaper. That's how it was done in the olden days. That was in the 1880's.

 

El, she would have died sometime after 1920 but before 1950, in Southern New Jersey somewhere. I have had two experts combing through the death records for me in Trenton, but nothing at all turns up. She is probably buried somewhere in the Pine Barrens under a tree, LOL!

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Greetings All... it's been a while, but I have an update regarding my (seemingly-endless) search for my murdered/missing grandmother, NAN CECILE DIXON, who, as you may recall, disappeared in the Lovelock/Seven Troughs area (NV) in the fall of 1978.

 

I was contacted several months back by a case manager at NamUs ( http://www.namus.gov/ ), who had the resources to find my long-lost cousin who carries the mitochondrial DNA we needed for comparison to unidentified, quite degraded remains.  I connected with my cousin (who is a wonderful gal) and she submitted the samples.  That DNA is being tested against those remains right now - at the University of North Texas. 

 

Not allowing ourselves to be "excited" nor too hopeful... never sure if the rug is getting ready to get whisked out from under our tired feet, again...!  At any rate, "wish us luck", because we're certainly going to need it.  And probably a sedative of some sort...   ;)

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I am keeping my fingers crossed that it comes back a match Mona! It's great to hear back from you. I would love to see those photos!. Like El said, just hit the "More Reply Options" button next to the post button to get to the full editor.

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The following photographs of the Seven Troughs/Tunnel Camp mine were taken by our private investigator in May of '79.  I believe that my uncle and aunt were the last to lease the land for mining; the lease expired in 1982, as I recall.  I'm sure there has been much vandalism and degradation of the site since these were taken, 34 years ago...

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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Those are some really awesome photos of Tunnel Camp Mona! :30tens:

How many residents did Tunnel Camp have in 1979?

 

I am going to have to look at my photos of Tunnel Camp and see if I can match up the houses on your photos with the ones in mine!

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Thank you so much for hoping (if not hopping) along with us; I was reviewing documents last night that the D.A. of Pershing County sent me at the 'last hour' during one particularly heated time in my search... most of which I was too emotionally exhausted to review at the time... and lo and behold, I found a medical exam/physical of my grandma - and she shares the same, exact areas of "wear and tear" as the Jane Doe we're testing against our DNA.  I must somehow maintain 'calm' whilst the clock ticks away in what could be its last round before stopping, finally, in this situation.

 

In the meantime, as you know, the length of a minute depends upon which side of the bathroom door you're on.

 

Okay.  Residents.  There were three ("a magic number"!) living at the lease; two full-time residents, my Great Uncle Harry and Great Aunt Lula, and their youngest son, my second cousin, Arthur Harry (sometimes Harry Arthur) "Butch" Leighton, who was there more often than not.  They mined the tailings, and, although they claimed they never found much gold, we had family members who saw boxes of gold bars they kept stashed under a bed... Nobody seems to know what became of all that gold.  Huh.  :popcorn2: How 'bout dat.

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It shouldn't be too much longer before we know definitively if it's my grandmother... in the meantime, I'm not going to sit down at all - because all the chairs are made of pins and needles...

 

The entire area is now under the "watchful eye" (cough cough) of the BLM.

 

Say, I have a 2-part question.... 1) have any of you ever driven 7 Troughs Road between Lovelock and Pershing, and 2) does 7 Troughs Road lead to easy access to Tunnel Camp (although it appears that it doesn't allow 'easy access' anywhere...!)?

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It's not hard to get too, but you do take seven troughs road some of the way. Are you planning on heading out there anytime soon? If so, I can give you GPS coordinates for Tunnel Camp. It's not hard to get too, and I bet you could get there in any normal vehicle.

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If the remains being tested turn out to be Nan, then I will definitely be heading for Nevada... for the first time in probably 40 years... although I feel like I've been on a hellish vacation in the middle of that desert, for quite some time now...   :pc:

 

Damned pins and needles.  And I hate it when "hope" creeps in... back I say, BACK!  Too old for roller coasters... my achin' neck takes a beating...

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Interesting to note in the pics of the lease from '79 - Uncle Harry re-painted all those crosses freshly white shortly before the photos were taken... my mother found, and still finds that suspicious. I disagree, and believe it was his grief over his missing little sister (at age 72, she was still that "little sister") that caused him to do so (we are quite certain he wasn't involved in her disappearance in any way).

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In the meantime, as you know, the length of a minute depends upon which side of the bathroom door you're on.

 

 

 

What a great line!  :haha22:

 

Wish you the best of luck with your search. Thanks for posting those great pix from '79!

 

As Bob said, it's a pretty easy drive from Lovelock to Tunnel. If the road is wet, I'd recommend 4 wheel drive as the mud gets a bit slick out there.

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