01-31-2008, 06:12 PM #1Former Member
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Georg Weber (10) - Inyo County CA, 1996
Missing Since: July 22, 1996 from Inyo County, California
Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
Date of Birth: February 26, 1986
Age: 10 years old
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue/gray eyes. Weber had a slender build in 1996. He is a German citizen.
Details of Disappearance
Weber was vacationing with his father, Egbert Rimkus, his father's girlfriend, Cornelia Meyer, and Cornelia's four-year-old son, Max Meyer, in July 1996. Photographs and vital statistics for Max are unavailable. They were all from Germany and were vacationing in California in the United States. They were last known to be at Death Valley in Inyo County, California. They bought a booklet at the Furnace Creek Visitors Center; the receipt for the transaction was dated July 22, 1996.
After leaving the visitors center, Weber, Rimkus and the Meyers apparently traveled towards the Panamint Mountains in their rented 1996 Plymouth Voyager. The road they were on was treacherous; it was steep, covered with rocks and spotted with sand bars. The travelers stopped at a camp and Rimkus left a German-language entry in the log book there. It read, "7-23-96. Conny Egbert Georg Max. We are going through the pass." Authorities believe he probably meant Mengle Pass, on the southwest border of Death Valley National Park. However, the visitors never arrived there; they turned off that route a mile short of the pass and drove east into Anvil Spring Canyon. Investigators are uncertain as to why, as the canyon is very isolated, closed to traffic, and not a usual destination for first-time tourists.
The whereabouts of Rimkus, Weber and Cornelia and Max after that are unknown. They were due to fly back to Germany on July 29 and had reserved airplane seats, but never arrived. Their rental vehicle was not returned to the agency and was reported stolen after thirty days. It was located on October 26, 1996, stuck in the sand at Anvil Spring Canyon. Three of the tires were flat. There was no sign of any of the missing people at the scene and their passports, Cornelia's purse, the rental car contract, the keys, Rimkus's wallet, all the money and the airline tickets were missing. Miscellaneous items were located inside the vehicle, including a sleeping bag, clothing and shoes, beer and beer bottles, a camera with several exposed rolls of film, an American flag, and two empty one-gallon water containers. A beer bottle was found half a mile away from the site where the Voyager was located; the bottle was the same kind that was inside the van.
Numerous searches have been conducted in Death Valley over the years looking for the missing German tourists, but nothing conclusive has ever been found. The area is very dangerous because of its high temperatures; it was about 124 degrees on the day the missing tourists were last heard from, and no one could survive those conditions more than a few days in those temperatures without a source of water. If Rimkus and his son are still alive, they may be in Costa Rica and traveling in artist circles. All four cases remain unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Inyo County Sheriff's Office
03-18-2011, 04:16 AM #2Former Member
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