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Let's see what the weather is going to look like this weekend. 

I only drove up Trinity Canyon Road, which pretty much destroyed my dream of keeping my vehicle scratch free haha! If she pulled up a google map and followed direction on how to get to Lovelock from her location, it would have had her hike over to Trinity Canyon road, which isn't far at all from her LKP. We hiked down to it, but I left my phone in the car and didn't track that path. There is a source of water in Trinity Canyon though, a small stream. 

There is a very large area we didn't search, as you already know with our search tracks. I am not sure where in the heck she went, but it seems so odd that we couldn't find anything at all as clothing seems to stick out. We found old bones, papers (not hers), and so much more, but no Vickie. 

The possibility of going into a mine tunnel is interesting and I could see her going in a mine tunnel to get out of the heat, and maybe she used her phone light to navigate, but it just seems like you said, crazy! Like you said, she probably wouldn't have gone in more than a few feet.

Some things that I am not sure if I mentioned or not. 

  • There was some food left in her vehicle (mainly fruit). 
  • There were two bottles of water left in her vehicle. 
  • She was a smoker, and there were a lot of cigarette butts left by her vehicle as if she had spent time time there.   
  • The hunter who found her vehicle said it seemed like she may have camped there for a few days. 
  • We found an old banana peel not far from her vehicle. 
  • Dogs have searched the area with no luck. 

I will add more as I remember them, but I think this is a good start of what I remember. 

 

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It all seems to be an accident. non of the trails/roads out there are marked in google maps. She was probably looking for some adventure, freedom and distraction. Wanted to be far away from any responsibilities and things that triggers her depression. Vickie was most likly going down blind Trinity canyon and made a turn thinking it is a road  until she got stuck. She then tried to call for help. Because those lazy ducks refused to help her she made the decision to hike. I have no doubt that she is out there somewhere. If the the Sheriff’s department would have taken their time to at least find out a couple information about where she is, about the person ( physically condition, supply, etc) they would have known that the chance of her making it to the next Town is pretty low. But that is where all the mystery begins. How much water did she have with her?What time was it when she called for help? She was probably still at the car when she made the call. So she most likley started her hike shortly after. And I am sure she was hiking at night. The light pollution is very low out there and it must get extremly dark. Even if she had a little bit of daylight and a logical plan about where to go... that probably changed when the sun was gone.

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The hunter who found her vehicle said something very interesting, he said when he told the Sheriff department about what he found, they said "I guess we didn't go far enough" ... basically law enforcement admitted that she called and they didn't take it seriously. All they would of had to do was get SAR involved and they would have found her very quickly. There is no way they would have missed her vehicle sitting at the top of the mountain, it would have stuck out like a sore thumb. 

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Hey guys! New member here. Couple thoughts on this search. 
 

if she had any bit of service, or the ability to load/look at a map, it’s possible she may have mistaken the wash to the north for a road. Looking on google maps it almost appears to be a road (I know it’s not but it’s possible she could’ve seen it as such.) 

 

if I were to head out there and search myself, I’d look directly north 40.3396 -118.5101 and follow that dirt road. There appear to be a few buildings along that road as well As a few “greener areas” that could’ve offered shelter. There also appears to be a water hole at 40.3199  -118.4860 that she would’ve  certainly seen if she was back tracking down that road. 
 

My second guess would be she back tracked down the road she came in on and possibly made a left turn at the intersection instead of a right. Which would lead her up the same road to the north of her. I’d find it highly unlikely that she would stray from a road. Any lost person would know to stick to one in hopes of being stumbled upon. Just my .02. 
 

Keep the awesome content coming! Good luck on your searches. 

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Welcome @Muffinblast, it's great to have you here! There is a road to the north and we drove up the road up past that first GPS location you posted. It's a pretty bad road, but definitely a road. Scratched the heck out of my cars going up that road and didn't spend too much time looking. I would have been far better to walk the road, but we were running out of light. 

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Gotcha! Yeah it looks like it could be pretty gnarly. Wish I could head out there and search as well. It’s addicting I’m sure. 
 

 

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On 12/24/2019 at 12:59 PM, EWU Emma said:

Still no updates for Vickie, hope we can get back out there after the snow melts to conduct another search! Her brother has contacted us stating he has more information and we are awaiting reply.

i was just going to ask this if their was any new updates that is great hope you find more info when you do another search since this case has me wondering what really happened 

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I want to get back out there for another search, she has to be out there somewhere. Some believe she may have planned to disappear, and until we find her, I guess anything is possible. 

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On 12/24/2019 at 9:59 AM, EWU Emma said:

Still no updates for Vickie, hope we can get back out there after the snow melts to conduct another search! Her brother has contacted us stating he has more information and we are awaiting reply.

Would be nice to see an update Emma.  This one still bothers me.  🤔

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@Muffinblast If Vicke didn’t have access to a map then I agree that she probably started back tracking. I also wonder why never an other emergency call was made. My theory is that she ran out of battery while using her phone as a flashlight and got lost in the dark. I don’t have any experience in this area and don’t know about the visibility is at night. But I am pretty sure she was hiking at night at some point. 

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We are planning a new search for Vickie and are considering making it a follow up video for Vickie, but not sure if anyone would want an update video. Regardless, we are heading back out for another search. 

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9 hours ago, EWU Bob said:

We are planning a new search for Vickie and are considering making it a follow up video for Vickie, but not sure if anyone would want an update video. Regardless, we are heading back out for another search. 

When?

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9 hours ago, EWU Bob said:

We are planning a new search for Vickie and are considering making it a follow up video for Vickie, but not sure if anyone would want an update video. Regardless, we are heading back out for another search. 

I can only speak for myself but I’d love a follow up. 
 

Maybe a “compilation”  follow-up briefly touching on the cases you’ve covered so far? 

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29 minutes ago, desertdog said:

When?

I bet trolls, stalkers and creepers would love to know that as well 🙂 

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