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Search for slain cab driver's body missing a year runs into obstacles

Reported by: Amber Dixon
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Updated: 2/02/2013 5:54 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- The search for the body of Keith Goldberg, a Las Vegas cab driver who was murdered just over a year ago, has run into obstacles just when searchers think they might be close to finding the body.

"I sit here with the evidence three feet from me on my desk and I can't do anything more," Red Rock Search & Rescue Commander David Cummings told News 3 this week. "It's very frustrating."

Goldberg was allegedly slain by Christopher and Georgene "Cookie" Ross. They have pleaded innocent. She was Goldberg's girlfriend when she was separated from her husband.

Goldberg was last seen alive in late January 2012 on a security camera at a barber shop.

The evidence is a pair of glasses that were found last September in Lake Mead National Park by Allysan Stickney. She told News 3 that she called Metro about the glasses, but officers never picked them up or questioned her about them.

Cummings took pictures of the glasses and circulated them to Goldberg's family and friends and somebody confirmed that the glasses were Goldberg's.

That lead the volunteer search organization to want to search in Lake Mead for the body. But since Lake Mead is operated by the National Park Service, a permit to search is required and a $1 million liability insurance policy is required.

"We are a volunteer group and we can't afford such a policy," Cummings said. "Plus when insurers hear we are a search and rescue group the rates go way up."

Red Rock Search & Rescue has searched more than 100 square miles of terrain in its nearly year-long effort to find Goldberg's body. Cummings said the organization had hoped to get closure for the Goldberg family by the anniversary of his murder. His family lives in New Jersey.

News 3 reached out to Metro on Friday to reach the detective in charge of the case, but he was not in the office. We'll check back on Monday to see why Stickney's call about the glasses she found was never followed up.
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