UPDATE: Missing couple found; uncle dead, aunt alive, nephew says


ESMERALDA COUNTY, Nev. (KLAS) — Authorities from both Esmeralda and Nye Counties are assisting with the search for an Indiana couple traveling in a RV through Nevada that are now considered missing. Monday night the Nevada State Police also issued a Silver Alert for the couple.

In Nevada, a Silver Alert is not normally issued for anyone who does not live in the state, but according to a deputy at the Northern Nevada State Police post their chief made an exception for this case.

Family and friends who are posting updates on social media write that Ronnie and Beverly Barker left Albany, Oregon on March 26 heading for Fallon, Nevada followed by a stop in Las Vegas before continuing on to Tucson on March 29 where they were expected to meet with friends. The Barkers never made it to Tucson. Ronnie Barker is 72-years-old and Beverly Barker is 70-years-old.

The couple’s nephew, Travis Peters, has been updating a Facebook group page and said the last time the couple’s cell phone pinged a tower was near Coaldale, Nevada on March 27.

The Barker’s were driving a 2015 Forest River Sunseeker Class C RV with an Indiana plate C128H. They were also towing a white 2020 Kia Soul LX with an Indiana plate FL211A.

8 News Now contacted Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Office and confirmed it is investigating. 8 News Now also spoke with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office which also confirmed it is providing any assistance Esmeralda County needs for the search, including making one of its search and rescue teams and equipment available.

Peters told 8 News Now his aunt and uncle were taking a trip to the west coast with two of their best friends from Indianapolis but at some point over the last few weeks separated from their friends. “We know that they stopped for fuel in Stagecoach, Nevada,” Peters told 8 News Now. “Everything was totally normal. We have video of them pumping gas you can see my aunt get out and go to the back of the RV.”

Ronnie and Beverly Barker (Photos: Travis Peters)

WHAT IS A SILVER ALERT?

According to the Nevada State Legislature a Silver Alert “set(s) up a formal means of exchanging information between allied law enforcement and public safety agencies, radio, television and cable broadcasters and state and private entities to facilitate the safe return of missing endangered older persons.”

This is a developing story and this page will be updated as needed as new information is confirmed by 8 News Now.