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Vera F. Clayton
March 14, 2018
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Details of Disappearance
With her Arizona home sold and most of her belongings packed up, Nancy Rae Hartz was ready to spend her golden years on the road. Having been divorced and then widowed, she had recently found love again through a dating website, and the happy couple was going to travel in an RV.
When she left Kingman the morning of June 2, 2015, Hartz had a moment alone with her daughter.
"She said, 'Don't worry, baby. We'll keep in touch,'" daughter Denise Baggs recalls.
Baggs spoke to her 72-year-old mother once on the phone three days later and hasn't heard from her since. Now authorities are trying to figure out if Hartz was the victim of a serial predator.
Her disappearance echoes that of two other women, one in Arizona and one in Nevada. The three women lived within a roughly 100-mile radius of one another and were around the same age.
Verna Clayton, who would be 73 now, was last seen in June 2008 in the small town of Dolan Springs, Arizona. Neva Jane Lindley, who would be 77 now, was last seen in November 2011 in Las Vegas. Both cashed out their financial assets just before they disappeared. Both had begun a relationship with a man they met online.
Mohave County sheriff's detectives say 69-year-old Robert Lawson Carnochan was that man.
Authorities investigating Hartz's disappearance learned the man she left with in the RV was using a stolen identity. When they finally located him in April, he was living in Yucca, about 20 miles south of Kingman, with another woman.
In his possession were several aliases and firearms. Mohave County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Rodney Head said fingerprints confirmed the man was Carnochan, a Canadian citizen who fled to the U.S. illegally more than 20 years ago.
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