The vehicle of a missing 70-year-old Lake of the Pines man was found in a rural part of Nevada County on Friday, weeks after he was first reported missing.
Nevada County Sheriff’s Office deputies found the silver Hummer H2 belonging to missing person Stanley Owen Norman after a man spotted the vehicle and called authorities. Deputies said Norman has not been found within the vehicle’s vicinity.
The California Department of Justice was called to process the vehicle "in the event foul play is discovered," the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Norman was last seen April 15 at a residence near the Stagecoach Motel in Grass Valley. Deputies said Norman was supposed to meet friends for breakfast that morning, but never arrived.
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The Sheriff’s Office was notified April 18 of Norman’s disappearance. Authorities said Norman’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. His banking activity also has ceased.
Multiple searches have failed to find Norman.
Norman is described as 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 300 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. 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 Sheriffs Office Major Crime Unit at 530-265-1263.