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BLM, Search and Rescue search desert for missing man

Nye County Sheriff’s deputies, along with Search and Rescue continue to search for a man reported missing on Friday afternoon.

Ross John Artese, 48, was last seen walking with his pet Husky off West Mesquite Road near the Southern Nevada Detention Facility.

Search crews located his vehicle, which was reportedly well-stocked for camping, but have found no sign of Artese nor his dog.

Search and Rescue, along with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are now searching thousands of acres of desert and are in the process of enlisting the assistance of Las Vegas Metro’s helicopter to expand the search area.

A command center was set up on Saturday roughly a half mile from where the man’s vehicle was found.

Artese’s level of hiking experience is unknown.

Search and Rescue are using motorcycles, quads and four-wheel drive vehicles to scour the rugged area.

On Saturday, Detective David Boruchowitz said crews from the Bureau of Land Management have also joined in the search.

The bureau suggests those who go on hikes in the desert should always plan ahead and let someone know where an individual is going before setting out.

The BLM also suggests remaining on designated trails.

Additionally, access to water is crucial.

A good measure is one gallon per person per day.

Anyone with information on Artese’s whereabouts is urged to call the Nye County Sheriff’s Office at (775) 751-7000.

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