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Charles Kinkel: Missing from Silver Peak Found

Charles Kinkel Silver Peak Nevada

Update;  Coleman Ward, 42, and Jason Taaffe, 33, were charged with murder in connection with Kinkel’s death.  Taaffe took a plea deal and told police he thought that Kinkel was trying to molest his daughter.  It was later discovered that no such thing happened.   Ward and Taaffe decided to take the law in their own hands and shot Kinkel in the head and put his body in a well.  Ward is serving a 10 year to life sentence.

UPDATE:  12/22/13

Police have found Charles Kinkel’s body and two men have been arrested in connection with the case.

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Charlie and his wife, Trayce from Wells, Nevada were moving so Charlie could work in Silver Peak, Nevada. Charles had already moved to start work and was waiting for his wife to join him in a few days.  On July 25, he asked Trayce to call him to wake him up for work.  She called at 4:55 AM but he never answered.  She kept trying for the next 45 minutes, and then the phone went to voice mail.  At this point, Trayce didn’t know if maybe Charlie was laying on top of the phone and muffling the ring or even if he  shut it off.

Trayce decided to call the volunteer fire chief because Charles Kinkel had joined the department.  They went to Charlie’s home, but didn’t find anything, not even his 2010 Silver Toyota Matric, but promised to look around town.  Meanwhile, Trayce called me read more here and stated she calling hospitals and police departments, and even jail to see if he was hurt or had been arrested, but found nothing.

Car Found

Charlie’s car was found later in the same day on Highway 6 at Blair Junction near Silver Peak, NV.   The car was locked, but inside was Charles cell phone.  Trayce learned later that Charlie’s glasses were not with him and he had left them at home, and she says there is no way that he could have driven that car to that location without his glasses.

“Someone else drove that car and it was not my husband,”  Trayce told me.  “Because he has to see with his glasses.”

So, if Charlie didn’t drive the car there, who did?  Who took his car and his phone and drove it to a remote area and then locked it up and left it?


Traycee needs help finding her husband.  She looks for him everyday, walking the area where his car was found hoping to find some clue as to what happened to her beloved husband.

Traycee is very alone with the search for her husband.  She had to move from the home that Charlie and her were going to share, as without Charlie she couldn’t afford it.  Every day she wakes up hoping this is the day that Charlie comes home. To increase the chances that Charlie is found, she needs help.

There are two ways you can help.  If you are in the area you can put up posters and get the word out that Charlie is still missing.  If you have a SAR dog, you can volunteer some time and search the area where Charlie’s car was.  If you are a PI in the area, you can donate some of your time to look for clues as to what happened to Charlie.  If you are a web detective, you can search social media for clues and you can share Charlie’s flyer everywhere, in hopes that we can get some tips.  And if you do have a tip about what happened to Charlie, you can leave an anonymous tip here.

Missing Man Charles Kinkel

Alias: Charlie
Date Missing: 07/24/2013
Age at time of disappearance: 39
City Missing From: Silver Peak
State Missing From: Nevada
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 5 ft 8 in
Weight: 150 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown

Identifying Characteristics: He has short brown hair, a goatee or may be clean shaven, wears glasses, has hearing aids in each ear, and his left ear is pierced. He has a small dragon tattoo on his left lower arm. He has a slim build.
Clothing: Charles was wearing blue jeans, a tee shirt, and brown steel toe boots. He may be wearing a baseball hat.
Jewelry: He wears a silver wedding band and two small gold small hoop earrings.
Circumstances of Disappearance Investigative Agency: Esmerelda County Sheriffs Office
Agency Phone: (775) 741-9249

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