Carl Steven Sanders

Carl, circa 2002

  • Missing Since 07/07/2002
  • Missing From Lander County, Nevada
  • Classification Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth 10/20/1953 (65)
  • Age 48 years old
  • Height and Weight 6'3, 230 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A gold wedding band on his left hand.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Biracial (Caucasian/Native American) male. Black hair, brown eyes. Carl may have a mustache.

Details of Disappearance

Carl was last seen in the Big Smoky Valley in Lander County, Nevada on July 7, 2002. He and his wife, Debra Jean Sanders, were sightseeing east of Highway 376 when their car ran out of gas on a Forest Service road.

The temperatures during that time reached 125 degrees, and Carl and Debra had no water or other provisions with them. They decided to walk to the main road for assistance.

Debra was found in a delirious state by a motorist two days later and airlifted to the Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nevada for treatment. She was suffering from dehydration and severe sunburn and was in critical condition. Carl was not with her and he has never been heard from again.

Debra told authorities that they became lost and walked back and forth for three or four miles before separating. Searchers found Carl's shirt, cutoff shorts, and one of his sandals; it is common for individuals suffering from heat stroke to take off their clothes. He is believed to be still wearing his wedding band, however.

California police are assisting in the investigation; Carl and Debra lived in Fairfield, California in 2002.

Investigating Agency

  • Lander County Sheriff's Department 775-635-5161

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated April 29, 2005.