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Here is a pic of Grandma Nan a few months before she was killed;  my father, Don, is on the left; Uncle Vic Mansfield next, then a 15 year-old me.

 

Uncle Vic was one of the witnesses to the gold bars under the bed... he was "mysteriously" killed 3 years later on his first day of a new job, driving logging trucks in Northern California.  He simply flew over a cliff with a full load of logs... no cause for the accident was ever found, but we have every to believe the truck itself was tampered with (brakes)... one more "witness" out of the way.

 

I'll say one thing for the scumbags involved... even though they were stupid, they were thorough.  They missed one, however, who is still a living witness to the gold... they would have to be COMPLETELY INSANE to lay a hand on that person.  Oh, yeah... right.  Sigh.  That's why no names shall be named!!       :27sign2:

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Well, I'm guessing that after my uncle and aunt died, my cousin probably made off with the gold... and he's dead now (2005), but I have no doubts he probably drank them all away.

 

The "players" still reside in Pershing County.  The coyote hunter, who still lives in Lovelock, gave an interesting report about what he found in the glove box of Nan's car (which he found near Eagle Picher mine in 1982 whilst hunting).  Lots of evidence disappeared then; and ALL the evidence, as a matter of fact, is gone, gone, gone (Pershing County Sheriff's Dept. actually SOLD the car at auction, if you can believe that... and everything else mysteriously disappeared from the evidence room... huh.).

 

Pics are of Nan's car, after impounded and searched, and the area where it was found.  The area had already been searched by air; no car was there during that initial search.  The car had deliberately and carefully been driven down into that canyon near Eagle Picher; it had more than likely only been out there for only a year, at best - tires still held air, 1/2 tank gas, and fairly clean.  The car was hidden previous to that - as well as driven to Grass Valley by "somebody"- during the period of 1978-1982.  (The two small black lines in the 5th photograph are where the car was sitting; the small black line in the last photo marks the 7 Troughs Range).

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And here is a photo of cousin Butch (on the right) with Uncle Dan (another of Nan's brothers).  I'm not sure about Butch's decision to be photographed shirtless... probably not the best option... this photo was taken during a party at the lease in '82 (the year the lease expired).

 

He was 66 when he died in 2005.  Anybody remember him?  He frequented gem and mineral shows.

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I've "reached my quota of positive responses" today, teehee... anyhoo... thumbs up to y'all!!!

 

The remains in question were found near Scossa Road, about 13 miles out of Imlay, in October 1978; she is known as "Imlay Jane Doe", found discarded in a suitcase/garment bag.

 

I don't recall if the area where the car was found had a proper name; always just referred to as "near Eagle Picher...".

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wow, your photos are great - and you know the land much better than I (which is not at all, ahem...never been there - yet).  Just yesterday I was doodling with Google maps and made this one (the X's are locations of 4 Jane Does; only Imlay Jane is identified here):

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As you can see, the lease lies pretty much dead center to all four Jane Does...  2+2=? 

 

Some folks might be worth digging up and killing again... I did notify the cold case investigator at Nevada DPS that, if any perpetrator's DNA has been preserved from any of those Jane Does, they should think about running that DNA against my family's, which is already in the system from our search for Nan.  Methinks we might find some Leighton DNA present at those scenes.

 

I was made aware of the locations of the other Jane Does by communication that came flying in from Left Field, by a sleuther named Annie Dixon (!) from Las Vegas.  She has been looking into the disappearance of a young nurse named Donna Lass in 1970 - in the same area.  She contacted me a few weeks ago with the results of her investigative work, and was quite excited - she felt strongly that "Imlay Jane" is none other than my grandmother... she didn't know that DNA tests were being conducted on one and the same.

 

The 1978 autopsy report on Imlay Jane can, for all intents and purposes, be discarded... the exam and findings were flawed, at best, performed by an anthropologist they called in with no forensic training.

 

tick tick tick...

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Precisely.  He was never "nice" by any stretch of the imagination. 

 

Thank you all so, so much for the encouragement and support...thinking I need to throw a party out at the old camp when Nan is finally found.  I have a LOAD of cousins that would come out to celebrate; many living in Nevada.  Only one bad seed in the whole bunch; not bad!

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The description of where the remains were found reads only "near Scossa road...".  I could probably get the exact coordinates from a detective friend at the Nevada DPS, who used to be the cold case guy and has been cheering me along for YEARS without being able to step in and officially help... I'd have been dead in the water without him.  He now works with DPS internal affairs, but we've remained in touch.

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I say again, I sure hope you and your familia get to finalize this nightmare and lay your poor grandmother to rest in a way suited. It must have been HORRIBLE not to know all this time. Fingers crossed that this is when you find her and resolve at least where she is.

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Thank you... yes, it's hit me much harder than I anticipated... oh well... what's one more evisceration, in the grand scheme of things.

 

She was quite healthy, walked a couple of miles every day, had her "right mind", all systems go.  Had arthritis in hips and lower back which didn't stop her. 

 

It was September 22, 1978 when she disappeared.  I think she was held a few days before she was killed, probably closer to the 26th.

 

I think her remains are still at that camp, probably underneath a cement slab of some sort... then there are the dozens of mines, etc, where a body could easily be dumped and never found.

 

Needle and haystack.

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There were a few law enforcement officers suspected of being involved in the act itself and/or the ensuing cover-up... which makes it all so much more difficult to resolve, and much easier to explain when trying to make sense out of things like, oh, selling the car, for instance.  We weren't informed of the auction until after it had already happened.  I still can't understand why higher law enforcement authorities didn't step in... Nevada seems to have it's own way of doing things, especially when the blue line is involved.

 

The car wasn't found for nearly 4 years; it was planted in that wash, an area that had already previously been searched by air.  It was still quite clean, tires held air, and the pack rats in the motor had only been there for a year at most, according to the coyote hunter who found the car.

 

It appears I'm going to have to go with my original plan...to dig up the lease by myself with a shovel.  :lastyear22:

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Thank you, Cindy!  My mom keeps telling me that if I do head up there, I'll be digging my OWN grave... we still feel like "they're watching..."

 

Love your critter photos - a woman after my own heart!

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Thank you, Cindy!  My mom keeps telling me that if I do head up there, I'll be digging my OWN grave... we still feel like "they're watching..."

 

Love your critter photos - a woman after my own heart!

 

I wouldn't be surprised if someone IS watching. Someone out there knows what happened.

 

Thanks, Mona :) My newest granddaughter is just over 3 months old and I have been introducing her to the great outdoors, LOL!

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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...!)?

 

1.  Yes.

 

2.  Yes. 

 

Let me qualify #2.  Most of the road out there is paved (the road to Eagle Picher Mine).  The unpaved parts are mostly good and passable by a regular car.  The last mile or two, you want high clearance.  A Subaru Outback or a Toyota RAV4 would make the whole trip just fine.  A Prius would be left for dead and shot up by the next group of locals to stumble upon it.

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