Posted on 27 September 2010.
By Arnold M. Knightly, Boulder City Review
Major search and rescue operations for a 16-year old boy last known to be hiking near Hoover Dam have been suspended until Tuesday morning, the National Park Service said at 9:15 p.m.
Park rangers will continue to patrol the area near Shane McNeil’s last known location. Verizon Wireless told the park service his last location was along the Colorado River nearly 3.7 miles from the dam.
The search will resume at 6:30 a.m., the park service said.
McNeil was reported missing by his mother 10 p.m. Saturday when he did not show up at a preaaranged meeting point near Hoover Dam.
Authorities searched for him until 3 a.m. Sunday, resuming the search at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday and Monday.
McNeil is a 16-year-old white male, 150 pounds, with short-blonde hair and blue eyes.
He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, gray shorts, white sunglasses and carrying a black backpack. He had bottled water and was carrying a couple Bibles.
Anyone who may have seen McNeil hiking or has information regarding his whereabouts should contact the National Park Service at 293-8998 or 1-800-680-5851.
Monday’s search concentrated on areas south of Hoover Dam along the Colorado River. Three helicopters, two from Las Vegas Metro Police and one from Arizona Department of Public Safety, were part of the search.
A helicopter and a search and resuce team from U.S. Air Force 58th Rescue Squadron based at Nellis Air Force Base will join the search Tuesday.
Ground search teams will include park rangers from Lake mead National Recreation Area, Grand Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park in Utah. Hoover Dam Police Department, and Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona will also continue its search.
The area that rangers believe McNeil may be in is a popular hiking destination. However if he decided to go off trail, he would face sheer cliff faces and loose rock.
The National Park Service with crews from Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and Las Vegas Metro Police Search and Rescue will be on the ground and water searching.