Churchill Sheriff's Office Says Missing Man Found Dead

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FALLON, NV - The Churchill County Sheriff's Office says a man missing since July has been found dead.

The body of 45-year-old Howard Shell was found Wednesday, August 6, 2014 about 3 miles northwest of where he was last reported being seen alive. He was found by a jogger and her dog. The sheriff's office says there are no obvious signs of foul play at the scene. An autopsy is pending.

Detectives say the vehicle belonging to Shell was located Friday, July 25, stuck in the sand south of Power Line Road southwest of Fallon. The last recorded sighting of him was the next day, Saturday, July 26, by a horseback rider who asked if he needed help. Shell said no.

Since then, deputies had searched the area for several days and the area was flown by a search and rescue pilot.