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Missing Melvin Nadel
Nadel, circa 2009
Missing Since 09/06/2009
Pecos, New Mexico
Classification Lost/Injured Missing
Date of Birth Used 03/13/1948 (73)
Age 61 years old
Height and Weight 5'2, 135 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A camouflage-print jacket, shirt and pants, polypropylene underclothes, thermal socks, hiking boots, a Lucky 13 pendant and a black Seiko watch.
Medical Conditions Nadel's knee was injured at the time of his disappearance and he had it wrapped up.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Nadel's nickname is Mel.
Details of Disappearance Nadel was last seen bow hunting with two friends in the Elk Mountain area in the Santa Fe National Forest near Pecos, New Mexico on September 6, 2009. He took a .44 Special revolver and a camouflage-print Martin bow with black and white zebra-striped arrows.
At 4:30 p.m., Nadel left the campsite. He told his friends he would not travel far and would be back by nightfall, but he never returned and has never been heard from again.
He left his 2001 Jeep Cherokee with the New Mexico license plate number HKJ664 near the campsite with most of his gear locked inside, including his backpack, cellular phone and GPS unit. He normally carried the GPS with him while he hunted to keep from getting lost.
At the time of his disappearance, Nadel owned a Pilates Fitness Plus gym in the 1000 block of south Saint Francis Drive Santa Fe, New Mexico. He formerly owned a jewelry store. He was a popular fitness instructor and also has a first-degree black belt in tae kwon do. When hunting, he prefers to sit in a blind and wait for game to pass by rather than go looking for it.