Search For Missing UNR Professor Spreads To Nine States

The search for a missing UNR professor has now spread across nine western states.

Sparks Pokice Department has asked our neighbours for help in finding 64-year-old Judy Calder, who has been missing since Sunday.

Police have reviewed video surveillance tapes from John Ascuaga's Nugget and the University of Nevada, Reno campus for information that might lead them to a missing UNR professor.

Judy Calder, 64, was reported missing by her husband Sunday. The couple live in Incline Village, but Calder was staying at the Sparks hotel last weekend before she disappeared.

"We're looking at the tapes and following up a couple of other leads, but we don't have anything at this time," Sparks police Cmdr. Steve Asher said.

He said it is not known if Calder was a victim of an accident or a crime.

"Every missing person has to be treated as a homicide because we don't know what happened," Asher said. "The most important thing now is to find someone who may have seen her."

Calder is 5-foot-5, 145 pounds and has brown eyes and red hair, Asher said. She checked into the Nugget about 5 p.m. Friday and was last heard from about 10 a.m. Saturday.

Her husband, James Calder, told police his wife is a diabetic and has high blood pressure.

He said Sparks detectives advised him and his family not to make any statements to the media.

"They said it would not be productive at this stage of the investigation," said Calder, a retired Marine with an office machines business in Incline Village.

An associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Judy Calder was seen working Friday in her office in the Sarah Fleischmann building, Asher said.

On Sunday, Reno police found her brown 2000 Lexus L300 on Evans Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, south of the university.

"We're still processing the car, but we're not releasing anything about that," Asher said of what might have been found.

UNR police are reviewing videotapes taken from surveillance cameras at the entrance to the building where Calder worked, Chief Adam Garcia said.

"We'll probably continue to look to see whether she left the building and then came back again and watch to see whether she was with someone else," he said.

Judy Calder did research on drug and alcohol abuse prevention, said Eva Essa, department chair.

"We are all very concerned about her, and we certainly hope for the best," Essa said. "It's a very perplexing kind of thing. What on earth went on, and what happened with her car being found like that? We are all very worried."