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Private investigator uncovers new details in case of missing Fresno County man


FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Private investigator uncovers new details in case of missing Fresno County man, family asking for public’s help

New detail have emerged in the case of a missing Fresno County man.

Hans Lamaack has been missing a month. He was last seen in Fresno August 30. The 65-year-old’s car was found in a remote area near Pine Flat Dam, but he was nowhere to be found.

“It’s a mystery. It is just an absolute mystery, nobody knows,” Michael Braa a private investigator on the case said Tuesday.

Braa was hired shortly after the disappearance by Lamaack’s son. He said this is the strangest case he’s ever taken on.

He said documents show Lamaack, who is originally from Germany, recently cashed out a small 401k worth around $5,000, he also recently renewed his passport and there’s indication he was looking at his retirement money.

“It kind of threw us to be honest with you. When I first looked at this you see the money cashed out, you see the passport, looking at the retirement, his wife and him were not on the best of terms. I really thought that he hopped on an airplane to Germany and that’s what I told the family,” Braa said.

But son, Sven Lamaack, said his father has not been seen overseas either.

“We got ahold of everybody in Germany and nobody seems to have had any recent contact from the day he went missing until now,” Sven said.

A break came the weekend of September 20th, when Lamaack’s Volvo was found in the remote area of Trimmer Springs Road.

“We found the vehicle, but no sign of Hans Lamaack,” Tony Botti with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.

Braa said something of interest was found by the car.

“Some beer cans, some were of Miller Lite, which is what Hans drank, that was his drink, but there was also another can or two that was not his brand,” he said.

He said this leads him to believe Laamack was there, but said there are still a lot of questions as to if he was alone.

Botti said the sheriff’s office is still treating the case as a search and rescue.

“Did he stray away and try to go for a hike and maybe fell and he’s injured? Did he go up there and maybe just wanted some time by himself and got himself into trouble?,” Botti said.

Sven said the family is just hoping someone has some answers. “I’ve already considered everything and that’s when I started stopping with the theories, because it was just emotionally disabling me,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office (559) 600-3111 or Private Investigator Michael Braa (559) 478-8220.

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