Missing man may have taken a hike
Douglas County sheriff’s deputies continue to consider Steven George Dowden as missing even though no new information has came through on the Dec. 13 disappearance of the Vermont man.
Dowden was last seen that Friday when a cab driver dropped the 52-year-old off at Eagle Falls, an entrance to the 63,960 acres of Desolation Wilderness across from Emerald Bay. He had been staying at Harveys Resort Casino. He had a return ticket to Vermont on Dec. 18.
Four days after he was scheduled to return to the East Coast, a housekeeping crew checked his room and found Dowden gone. Only his belongings remained, such as long johns and about four topographical maps.
A cab driver said Dowden requested a ride from Harveys to Eagle Falls on Dec. 13. The beginning of a weeklong storm started Dec. 14 with fierce winds and heavy snow.
Douglas County investigator Jason Cypher thought it was interesting Dowden called estranged relatives a couple of weeks before his disappearance telling them he was going to find a residence at South Lake Tahoe.
His relatives said he was an avid outdoorsman and hiker. The cab driver said Dowden carried a backpack.
“We have not gotten any information and are still listing it as missing person but I expect that to change by spring,” Cypher said.
Dowden may suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. He has long brown hair which is worn in a ponytail. He has poor vision and may be wearing glasses. He is described as 6 feet tall, 140 pounds, with gray eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cypher at (775) 586-7255 or Secret Witness at (775) 586-7295.
In other news:
n A 25-year-old woman complained of neck pain when the vehicle she was in hit a Ford Expedition head-on. The SUV careened into Kentucky Fried Chicken and smashed two plate glass windows, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.
The 46-year-old driver of the Expedition complained of leg pain and the vehicle received major front-end damage, the officer said. The woman drove a Nissan Pathfinder which also received major front-end damage.
She was later given a preliminary breath test for alcohol and registered a 0.22 blood-alcohol content, the officer said.
The accident occurred on Lake Tahoe Boulevard on Saturday night.
n A 35-year-old was caught allegedly stealing $152 worth of groceries when he put the goods in a shopping cart and rolled it past the Raley’s Supermarket and Drug Center check-out lines without paying on Tuesday, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.
n Someone stole a Tahoe Daily Tribune free-standing, $380 metal rack from Tahoe Tom’s gas station near Stateline, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.
n A 27-year-old from Japan had his bag with unidentified items in it stolen as he was going to the bathroom at Heavenly’s Gondola, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.
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