Yucca suspect tied to missing women

KINGMAN — Law enforcement officers are investigating a Yucca man in connection with the disappearance of three women in Mohave County and Las Vegas.
Mohave County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rodney Head is asking the public for information on two additional missing women, Verna F. Clayton, 73, of Dolan Springs, and Neva Jane Lindley, 77, of Las Vegas. Nancy Rae Hartz, 72, of Kingman, previously had been reported missing.
All three women reportedly met Robert Lawson Carnochan, 69, on online dating sites for older people. Clayton was last seen in June 2008 in Dolan Springs and Lindley was last seen in November 2011 in Las Vegas. Hartz reportedly vanished sometime last summer.
Evidence recovered at Carnochan’s Yucca home included personal items of the three women including possibly driver licenses. A fourth woman had been staying with Carnochan at the Yucca home but has since moved back to California. She has cooperated with authorities.
Carnochan allegedly used about 18 aliases with different combinations of first, middle or last names. He claimed he knew the missing women but dropped them off somewhere or that they had left on their own. The missing women all had either property or items of value or recently received money, Head said.
Hartz was last seen in Carnochan’s motorhome and may have traveled to Mexico or other parts of the country. She also failed to show up at a doctor appointment. Carnochan has been known to travel throughout the West including Nevada, Utah, California, Oregon and Montana, MCSO Lt. Det. Scot Durst said.
Carnochan was arrested April 13 after an investigation into identify theft. Carnochan claimed he dropped Hartz off at a Kingman business a month
before his arrest. The couple reportedly met on an online dating site last summer. The joint investigation included MCSO, the Department of Homeland Security and other state and federal agencies.
A Mohave County grand jury indicted Carnochan last Thursday on six counts of misconduct with a weapon. He is expected to be arraigned on the charges Thursday before Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe Jr. Those charges stem from illegally possessing weapons.
He is also charged with four counts of forgery in a second case, which allegedly occurred in May 2000, July 2002, December 2003 and September 2012 in Kingman.
He is charged in a third case with two counts of forgery and three counts of taking the identity of another, which allegedly occurred in March 2014 and January and April 2016 in Yucca and Lake Havasu City. He was indicted on those charges in both cases April 21.
Carnochan has been identified as a Canadian citizen who has been living in the country illegally for about 22 years. The victims of the identity thefts have been located.
Anyone with information about Carnochan or information in the whereabouts of Clayton, Lindley or Hartz is asked to contact Mohave County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Trish Carter at 928-753-0755.

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