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'Our hearts are full' | Family of Indianapolis couple found in Nevada thanks searchers, supporters

Ronnie and Beverly Barker went missing Sunday, March 27, while driving through western Nevada.

Emily Longnecker

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Published: 11:15 PM EDT April 4, 2022
Updated: 11:46 PM EDT April 14, 2022

An Indianapolis man, who has been missing for more than a week during an RV trip in Nevada with his wife, has died.

Family members tell 13News Ronnie and Beverly Barker were found Tuesday evening on a mountain west of Silver Peak, about 3 1/2 hours northwest of Las Vegas.

Ronnie Barker is deceased, according to a family member. His wife was found alive and was transported to Reno for medical care. 

Beverly Barker was released from the hospital on Wednesday. 

Earlier Tuesday, search crews found the Barkers' RV stuck in the mud, but the couple and the SUV they had been towing behind the RV were not at the scene. Hours later, they were found a couple miles away in the mountains.

Family members say Ronnie Barker's body will return to Indiana on Friday, April 15 on a 3:30 p.m. flight to Indianapolis International Airport. A short time later, a hearse will meet members of Indiana's Patriot Guard at the airport's cell phone lot. Members of the organization will provide an escort to the funeral home, 9700 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis. The family says people are welcome to join the gathering at the cell phone lot and can participate in the procession.