Nevada County authorities pump septic in search for missing man
December 5, 2018
Donald J. Nader — the Alta Sierra Estates man whose disappearance led authorities to search his home this week — had served in the military and was described by a neighbor as protective of his children.
Nader, 48, hasn't been seen by neighbor Leslie Eilers for two or three years. Eilers said she remembers Nader and his wife, Marnay, had a massive Christmas display at the time. She hasn't seen him since.
"They went all out," she said of the display. "It was beautiful.
"I used to talk to DJ," she added moments later. "He was very nice."
Nevada County authorities said Nader was last seen in late summer or early autumn of 2016. Acting on a tip, deputies found drugs and guns in June after serving a search warrant on his 18332 Lawrence Way home.
Lt. Rob Bringolf said he believes Marnay Nader was selling narcotics. An arrest warrant has been issued for her. Marnay Nader's whereabouts are unknown.
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Their three children — two of whom come from a previous relationship of Marnay Nader's — are safe, Bringolf said.
Officers on Monday served a second search warrant at the home, which stemmed from what Bringolf has called a missing person's case that's possibly linked to a crime. Deputies brought a cadaver dog to the home, though it found nothing, the lieutenant said.
"We're going to pump the septic," Bringolf said Wednesday as he stood outside the home. "We're just trying to be particularly meticulous."
Officers collected evidence from inside the home, which Bringolf said he expects will provide additional leads.
Bringolf anticipates authorities will leave the home by this morning.
Deputies have spoken with neighbors about the Naders. Eilers said they spoke with her Tuesday morning, asking about the last time she saw Donald Nader.
Two or three years ago, Eilers figured.
"I haven't seen Marnay in a long time," she added.
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