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Local sports writer Dave Malinsky goes missing near Mount Charleston

Local sports writer Dave Malinsky goes missing near Mount Charleston

In the world of Las Vegas sports betting, Dave Malinsky is pretty much a household name, a writer and handicapper with a regular column at sportsbookreview.com.

On Saturday, as he typically does this time of year, Dave set out for a hike on Mt Charleston.

"He goes off the grid at this time of year because there's not a lot going on. Baseball is kind of a slower season for him, and so he likes to get away," said family friend Jake Dittler.

According to those close to Dave, he was only supposed to be gone for the day but he never returned. He was last seen by a group of hikers around 3:15 p.m. near the north loop trail-head, half way between Lee Canyon and Kyle Canyon Roads.

"The low temperature on Saturday night was down in the 40s and I think about the same last night too, so just really windy,” said Bryan Zink with Red Rock Search and Rescue. “So if he could find shelter and had water and a little bit of food we're very optimistic."

Already a team of 24-volunteers, and Metro Search and Rescue units have combed the trails in the area with no luck. Strong winds Monday prohibited aircraft and drone searches.

Some worry he may be injured or unable to cry out for help.

"He says he's going to be away for the rest of Saturday and I'll be back Sunday morning, he's back Sunday morning 10 times out of 10," Jake Dittler told us.

Authorities want hikers in the area to be on the lookout. His family and friends meantime, just hoping he'll be found.

Metro Search and Rescue Units were planning to resume another search Tuesday morning. If you have any information you can call police at 702/828-3111.

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