LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) --There is finally relief for a family after their loved one’s body has been found.
Cab driver Keith Goldberg disappeared in January 2012. This weekend, Red Rock Search and Rescue announced the discovery of his body in Lake Mead National Park.
Members of the volunteer group were emotional because they were filled with gratitude and purpose, because this mission had some speed bumps. They say it was worth it to help a family.
After Goldberg disappeared last year, months later his ex-girlfriend and her estranged husband were charged in his murder.
Shortly after Goldberg went missing it was believed that his body was in the Lake Mead area because of cell phone records, but when Metro called off the search, Red Rock Search and Rescue jumped into action.
However, they hit a stumbling block when Goldberg’s glasses were found in the Lake Mead National Park. They were not allowed on federal land until they were able to obtain a $1 million dollar liability insurance policy. The group eventually cleared that hurdle through intensive fundraising.
Dana Richardson with Red Rock Search and Rescue says that’s when they found what they were looking for.
“We got in there and literally within two hours of being inside where we thought he was going to be, we found the human remains,” Richardson said.
But they had to keep it under wraps until it was officially identified. When it was, the searchers received an emotional phone call from a Goldberg family member.
“…and simply said ‘it's him’ and that's all it was and the tear factories kicked in and we all got kind of little emotional and we all realized that a year spent in the desert looking for Keith has completely paid off,” Richardson said.
Their frustration turned to satisfaction, meeting the efforts built up on its motto: Leave no man behind.
“You get this by chance, you never know, you never know if you're going to find them today or tomorrow or a year from now, but the bottom line with this kind of thing is that that's a human out there, that's a person that needs to be found. There’s somebody that loves that person, there is someone that that person meant the world too,” Richardson said.
This case is part of a federal bill trying to ease access for volunteer search and rescue operations to access national parks. That is expected to be introduced to Congress next month.