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Searches fail to locate 70-year-old man missing from Nevada County

Stanley Owen Norman, 70, who was last seen in Grass Valley early April 15, 2018, was driving a silver 2006 Hummer H2 with disabled plates and military sticker in the rear window, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.
Stanley Owen Norman, 70, who was last seen in Grass Valley early April 15, 2018, was driving a silver 2006 Hummer H2 with disabled plates and military sticker in the rear window, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Nevada County Sheriff's Office

The public's help is sought in locating a 70-year-old Nevada County man who has been missing more than a week.

Stanley Owen Norman of Lake of the Pines was last seen at a residence near the Stagecoach Motel in Grass Valley in the early morning hours of April 15. He was supposed to meet friends for breakfast that morning but never arrived, according to a Nevada County Sheriff's Office Facebook post.

The Sheriff's Office was notified April 18 of Norman's disappearance. The man's cellphone records indicate he may have traveled toward Colfax, but the phone disconnected from the network and has not been active since April 16, the news release said. His banking activity also has ceased.

The California Highway Patrol's Air Operations Division in Auburn has flown over areas where Norman's cellphone might have been able to access the last known cell tower, but the cellular records were unable to pinpoint a location, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies also have patrolled and searched the area along Highway 174 from Grass Valley to Colfax, but have turned up no leads.

A Silver Alert has been broadcast by the CHP.

The Sheriff's Office received a report that Norman was seen at the Red Frog bar on Highway 174, outside Colfax. But a review of surveillance video did not support the report, and none of the bartenders recalled seeing Norman there, the news release said.

Norman is described as 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing approximately 300 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. He was driving a silver 2006 Hummer H2 with disabled plates and military stickers in the rear window. He is believed to have been accompanied by a brown toy poodle named Cocoa.

Anyone with information that would assist in the investigation is asked to call the Nevada County Sheriff's Office Major Crime Unit at 530-265-1263.

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