Colorado Civil Air Patrol assists Kiowa & Cheyenne County Sheriffs to locate missing man

andy lambertFebruary 11, 2014


At the request of the Kiowa County Sheriff, the Colorado Civil Air Patrol has begun an air and ground search mission to locate missing 66 year-old Clark Nelson who dialed 911 after his Black Chevy Tahoe turned off on a dirt road and became stuck in a field Sunday night. Though his phone was not GPS enabled, the Civil Air Patrol used Cell Phone Forensics to assist the Sheriff in locating the area of highest probability from which he made the call. The vehicle and the man have yet to be located.

Clark Nelson (Photo courtesy Andy Potterf)

Clark Nelson (Photo via Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office)


Colorado Wing CAP Aircraft will begin searching the area at first light Tuesday morning and CAP Ground teams are currently searching the area. Local residents have been notified by the Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office to be on the look-out for this man and to contact the Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office at 719-767-5633 if they notice anything of interest. A photo of the man was posted on their Facebook page.


On Tuesday, CAP aircrews in red, white and blue aircraft along with CAP ground teams will continue to search the area of high probability in coordination with the County Sheriff.


Contact is Lt. Col. Mike Daniels, CAP



Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with nearly 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 72 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit or for more information.




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