Elderly couple vanishes while driving RV in Nevada desert

An elderly Indiana couple has vanished without a trace while driving their RV through the Nevada desert, authorities said.

Ronnie Barker, 72, and his 69-year-old wife, Beverly, haven’t been seen or heard from since March 27 when they were driving along Highway 95 in western Nevada.

“They have vanished, literally, into thin air,” their daughter, Jennifer Whaley, told WTHR.

“It’s all flat. It’s all desert. So where did they go? Where did they go? They’re out in the middle of the desert. You can see for miles and a 32-foot RV, towing a car, literally vanishes into thin air. Where did they go?”

The couple, who were set to return to their home in Indianapolis this week, had set off on a cross-country road trip last month and were en route to meet friends in Tucson, Arizona, when they disappeared.

Their daughter said they never called their friends in Tucson to tell them they wouldn’t be coming.

Ronnie Barker, 72, and his 69-year-old wife Beverly haven't been seen or heard from since March 27
Ronnie Barker and his wife, Beverly, haven’t been heard from since March 27, 2022.
WTHR
The couple was driving to Tucson, Arizona when they when missing.
The couple was driving to Tucson, Arizona, when they went missing.

“The thought of them not calling anybody, it’s not them,” Whaley said. “They would have called and when they fall off the face of the Earth, there’s a problem.”

The Barkers’ RV was last captured on a surveillance camera along the Nevada highway near Luning, about 150 miles southeast of Reno, at about 6:05 pm

The last recorded pings from the couple’s cellphones were picked up in nearby Coledale a short time later.

Both of the Bakers require medication, officials said.
Both of the Bakers require medication, officials said.

Relatives said there hasn’t been any activity on their credit cards since they were last seen.

Authorities searching for the couple said they both have diabetes and require medication.

They are traveling in a white 2015 Sunseeker RV with the Indiana plate C128H and are towing a 2020 white Kia Soul, authorities said.

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