EMERY COUNTY, Utah, Dec. 20, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Police are asking for the public’s help finding a 53-year-old man and three dogs who went missing in Emery County in October.
According to a news release from the Emery County Sheriff’s Office, the last known location of Reynaldo Andico, of California, was the Justesen Flats/Copper Globe area of the San Rafael Desert.
The last time he had contact with family members was Oct. 13, at which time he told his family he was in the mountains of Utah, the news release said. He was driving a red Toyota Yaris subcompact car and had three small dogs with him.
“An Emery County resident noticed the vehicle in the Justesen Flats area while scouting for deer in mid-October,” the news release said.
“ECSO ran the plate at that time, but there were no alerts attached to the vehicle or owner, so it was assumed the vehicle belonged to someone hiking in this popular area.”
Andico’s family had never reported him missing, so he was not listed as a missing person on the National Crime Information Center’s website.
On Dec. 18, the Bureau of Land Management contacted ECSO and notified them that a caller had reported an abandoned vehicle in the Justesen Flats area.
“At that time, ECSO personnel responded, processed the vehicle and did a preliminary search of the area,” the news release says. “Reynaldo’s personal belongings as well as dog food and bowls were still in the vehicle. Reynaldo’s family was notified. The family stated that Reynaldo did not have any outdoor survival skills or experience. The family is now in the process of having Reynaldo listed as a missing person.”
An organized search of the area will be held Saturday. ECSO is asking for any information from people who were in the area in October or November who might have seen Andico or the three dogs. Any information obtained could help narrow down the search area, officials said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the ECSO on 435-381-2404.