WILLOW, Nev. (AP) Officials found the decomposed body of a missing paraglider who was believed to have been taken by a hunter to a family hunting camp in a remote area of southwest Nevada, officials said Friday.
Darrell Kumbartich, 56, was reported missing Thursday night after he failed to return from sightseeing on a mountain ridge in Green Valley, an isolated rural area north of Reno.
The mountain ranges are sparsely populated except for a few large public park areas of the area, where land owners lease their rangeland and grasslands to hunters.
Searchers found a suspected body the next day about 100 feet (30 meters) from the location where Kumbartich”s SUV had been seen. It did not appear to be human.
An autopsy was planned to determine how he died, authorities said.
Authorities believe Kumbartich was hit by an SUV driven by a hunter from another area, said Sparks Police Sgt. Karl Tolentino.
It is not known why the hunter allegedly took Kumbartich to the location, he said. Tolentino declined to say how the hunter knew Kumbartich.
Kumbartich”s car was missing and hasn”t been found.
A man who reported seeing an SUV on the morning after Kumbartich was reported missing had provided the other hunter with directions to the remote area, which is about 70 miles (110 kilometers) southwest of Reno, Tolentino said.
About 40 state and national park rangers, law enforcement officers and volunteers from the Native American communities searched the area before the body was found, Tolentino said.
He said authorities suspected the hunter had been transporting Kumbartich”s body to a hunt.
The terrain in the area is rugged and the road is sometimes cut off by rocky and steep ridges. The terrain is similar to what many of the same BLM rangers deal with on the western side of the state, Tolentino said.