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Date: 2008-05-27 18:21
Subject: Feeling mixed up
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Location:Home and on my corner of the couch
I've been home from work for about 15 minutes and sat down to go through today's email. One of the messages was from someone who works for Channel 13 Action News in Las Vegas (KTNV-TV) asking me to call the station in regards to my missing step-brother. I went to the station's web page to see if the message was legitimate and discovered that one of today's lead stories is "Bones Found Linked To 39 Year Old Man." I called the station, but the person who sent me email has already left for the day. I next called my step-sister to see if she's heard anything, and learned from her husband that about a week ago Chad's driver's license was found in the desert near some sun-bleached bones. Chad's dental records have been compared with the partial jawbone recovered from the desert and it's now confirmed, the bones belong to my step-brother.

To quote from the article:

Bones, believed to be human remains, were found in the desert on May 20 near Lake Mead Blvd., near Sunrise Mountain.

The Coroner's office now says the bones belong to Chad Robert Lightle, a 39 year old man.

He was originally from Rochester, MI.

Lightle was reported missing in 2001.

The cause of his death has not been determined at this time.

(Source: http://www.ktnv.com/global/story.asp?s=8384344)

Chad was missing for a long time and I thought there was good possibility he was murdered or committed suicide. Nevertheless, learning that he really is gone is a shock. I guess I'd never really given up hope that he was alive and well, and that he would rejoin the family some day.
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User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2008-06-01 15:11 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Ah honey, I'm sorry for your loss.
I did manage to learn the remains were found by a pair of geologists, who were surveying the land for the department of land management. The bones were apparently out in the open. I also heard from someone (though at this point I can't recall if it was something I read or someone I actually talked with) that hikers sometimes get lost and die out there. There wasn't enough left to determine cause of death, so we'll never know if it was murder, suicide, misadventure, or natural causes. Nor enough left to determine exactly how long he was out there. From the state of the bones, the anthropologist called in for a consult estimated anything from two to five years. That's an awful lot of time to try to find someone in the area who would have known and remembers him, particularly when I have no idea where to start asking. I haven't a clue as to how he ended up in Las Vegas. He was born and reared in Michigan and it was in Michigan where he disappeared. As far as I know, he got the urge to travel and headed west. But exactly how, I don't know as his truck had been repossessed and he was short on money as he'd recently become jobless.

Anyway, thanks for your kind thoughts. They help.
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