Thursday, December 10, 2009

More remains discovered in Death Valley

According to a press release released by the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, a multi-agency search mission took place Dec. 5 and 6 to discover remains of the three missing members of a party of German tourists lost in July 1996 in Death Valley.

Additional remains were found and, as with the remains discovered by Les Walker and Tom Mahood believed to be those of Cornelia Meyer, they will be turned over to the Inyo County Coroner's office for forensic identification.

Agencies identified as participating in the search are Inyo County Search and Rescue, Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU), China Lake Mountain Rescue Group, San Bernardino Desert Search and Rescue, Calaveras County Search and Rescue, National Park Service and U.S. Customs.

Unofficial reports indicate that enough remains were discovered to identify the remaining three, Max Meyer, 4, Connie's son, her boyfriend Egbert Rimkus, 33, and his son Georg Weber, 10.

Eight RMRU personnel participated in the search including Walker.

The remains were all in a location about 9 miles from the Germans' rental van and about 3 miles from the boundary of the China Lake Naval Weapons Testing Center, the destination the Germans were apparently trying to reach.

Further updates and information will be posted when made available.


  1. Craig Dible []December 11, 2009 at 5:44 AM

    Any info on the exact location where the remains were found?

  2. The exact location is not being publicized for obvious reasons. There is still more to be done.

  3. Take it from a resident of Inyo County,do not be suprised if official reports coming from this story are going to be few,and far between,from here on out.At least from Inyo County officials.This is the type of story,and type of case they like to keep to themselves,and let the intrested public know very little about.Mainly because of how recent missing person,stranded motorist incidents,their theories,and how they accually turned out,was not handled all that well.

  4. Craig Dible []December 12, 2009 at 7:40 AM

    Marshall Smith:

    Thanks for keeping us current on the latest developments.

    I've spent a considerable amount of time in Butte Valley, Panamint Valley and Death Valley and have been following this story since it first was reported back in 1996.

  5. On December 29,Inyo County Sheriff Investigators were flown into area where remains were located to collect evidence.Does anyone know of the story coming out now about the canteens located in the area a couple years ago?Rumor,or fact???


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