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Red Tape Caused Delay in Search for Goldberg's Body

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Volunteers look for Keith Goldberg's body. Volunteers look for Keith Goldberg's body.
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LAS VEGAS --  Search crews discovered the body of missing cab driver Keith Goldberg this weekend, 15 months after he disappeared.

Police believe his death is the result of a love triangle between Goldberg, his ex-girlfriend, Cookie Ross and her estranged husband, Christopher. Both are charged with murder.

Keith Goldberg went missing January 2012. Two weeks ago, the non-profit group Red Rock Search and Rescue found Goldberg and broke the news this weekend after a positive identification was made.

The volunteer group could have found him sooner if it were not for a lot of government red tape. Currently, there is a bill that proposes to eliminate road blocks when independent search groups like Red Rock try to pick up where police have left off.

More than a year ago, Goldberg's siblings, Jeff and Jodi were heartbroken over not knowing what became of their brother. Since the discovery of Goldberg's body, family members feel a sense of closure.

"Now, we can start the healing, we were in limbo for way too long, Keith was in limbo for way too long," Jodi Goldberg said from her home in New Jersey.

Months into the investigation, Metro Police scaled back on their search and Red Rock Search and Rescue ramped up its efforts. But they were faced with a major delay in the search. Lake Mead National Park Service needed a $1 million liability insurance policy for Red Rock volunteers to search  on park land.

"Because of the rules and the different legalities, we had to make sure that we had all our  ducks in a row," said Dana Richardson, a vice commander with Red Rock Search and Rescue.

The trained volunteers called Congressman Joe Heck. He's now drafting a bill to cut down barriers for trained searchers.

"I feel it's important to address this issue that takes down these really, I think, man-made obstacles to individuals that are trained, ready, willing to come in and do this as a public service for our community," Heck said.

This isn't the first time this has happened. Lake Mead turned away a volunteer group of trained divers combing the waters for Staff Sgt. Antonio Tucker. The divers were finally cleared months later and Tucker's body was found.

Keith Goldberg's sister hopes no one else has wait for months to bury a loved one.

"There might be a legacy of Keith where some things change and it helps other groups find missing loved ones sooner," Jodi Goldberg said.

She will be in Washington May 7 when U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., hears testimony on his proposed legislation. If the bill passes, any certified search team will be allowed to continue recovery on dangerous terrain, even when police exhaust all their resources.

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