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Mineral County, Nevada: Are these two disappearances related?

Two women vanished from Mineral County, Nevada in 2005, and the circumstances surrounding their disappearances are quite similar. Could these two separate disappearances actually be related? Has someone gotten away with at least two violent crimes against older women in the areas of Luning and Hawthorne? It's absolutely possible, considering the similarities of the disappearances of both Molly Meyer and Nita Mayo.

On May 26, 2005, a 55-year-old woman named Molly Meyer seemed to vanish without a trace. The woman had been riding her bicycle from the state of Oklahoma, and had plans to ride it all the way to California. However, the NamUs report associated with this disappearance says that the missing woman's bike was stolen in New Mexico. Somehow, Molly Meyer ended up in Mineral County, Nevada -- the town of Luning. Contradictory missing person reports online indicate that she may have been spotted in Northern California. She was on foot when she was last seen in Luning, and had in her possession a dog, a purse and a suitcase. It has been over a decade and she still hasn't been found.

That very same year -- August 08, 2005 -- a 64-year-old woman named Nita Mayo was last seen in Hawthorne, Nevada. She was at a residence in the Mineral County town, but had plans to take a day trip to the Sonora, California region. She was never seen again. However, her car was later found abandoned near Sonora. There is a lot of information in this case -- more than the disappearance of Molly Meyer. In fact, a person of interest is being sought in her disappearance, though authorities have clarified that the person (a woman) isn't being treated as a suspect at this time.

Authorities are looking for 39-year-old Jewel Jeanne Rice -- a Colorado Springs woman who was in the area around the time that Nita Mayo's car ended up near Sonora. They have been seeking this woman since September 2005, and still haven't been able to locate her. If this woman knows anything about Nita Mayo's disappearance, is it possible that she knows something about Molly Meyer's as well? 

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