Search continues in Sierra for Fresno man missing for 40 days

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FRESNO COUNTY, California (KSEE/KGPE) — Authorities are continuing their search in the Sierra Nevada for a 65-year-old Fresno man that has been missing for 40 days, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.

Hans Lamaack was last seen in Fresno on August 30, Spokesman Tony Botti said. His family reported him missing to the Fresno Police Department at the end of August.

No leads were generated until the weekend of September 20-21.

Botti said a bicyclist was riding in a remote area of Trimmer Springs Road and saw a Volvo parked with no one around. They thought it seemed out of place and reported the car to law enforcement.

Fresno police discovered it matched a vehicle in its missing person case and notified the sheriff’s office.

Deputies found the car and identified it as Lamaack’s 2001 Volvo.

(Courtesy Fresno County Sheriff’s Office)

The Volvo was parked near Garnet Dike Campground, which is located along the upper Kings River near Balch Camp.

Deputies have utilized search dogs, personnel in the air, on the ground, in the waters of Pine Flat Lake and the Upper Kings, but have not found any sign of Lamaack, Botti said.  Search efforts will continue and there is no projected date of when a search will be called off.

Detectives have spoken with family members and no foul play is suspected at this time.

Botti said deputies hope the public can help put search teams on a better track to find Lamaack.  

There is a strong chance he arrived to the area near the Kings River on Labor Day weekend (August 31 – September 2). 

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Lamaack or his car prior to September 20th to call (559) 600-3111.

Lamaack is described as being 6 foot 1 inch, weighing 165 pounds with brown eyes and gray hair.

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