Cell phone of missing hiker found near abandoned mine shaft

LAS VEGAS (KSNV My News 3) -- Volunteers searching for a missing hiker in the Sheep Mountains have found his cell phone up a canyon and near a deep vertical mine shaft.

Kenny Veach, 47, has been missing since Nov. 10. He told his family he was going to hike in the mountains and planned to return two days later. He has not returned.

"We found his cell phone close to a very vertical old mine shaft and we can't find another trail," Red Rock Search & Rescue Commander Dave Cummings told News 3. "It doesn't mean that he's down the mine shaft, but we have tracked him as far as we can. We are having our other crews come in from the search areas."

Cummings said experts in wildlife and mines are being sought to come in and assist.

Several dozen Red Rock volunteer searchers were combing the mountains Friday and early today. An air and ground search earleir in the week was conducted but did not result in any clues to Veach's location.

Check back for updates.

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