Snow curbs search for missing man

SANTA FE (KRQE) - It was a tough day at the Nadel Santa Fe home Sunday, as a planned search effort for Mel Nadel was called off due to heavy snow in the Pecos wilderness where the 61-year old was last seen on Sept. 6.

"I cannot explain how I feel about that, it really hurts," Nadel's wife, Edna Nadel, said. "I was disappointed, I thought that maybe today is the day that we find out what happened."

The family is forced to wait and continue wondering what happened to their beloved husband and father. It's a feeling Edna said is excruciating.

"I don't want anybody to experience this ever, this is the hardest," she said.

One of the family's biggest fears is that the weather won't cooperate for another planned search effort next weekend.

"If there's a lot of snow, then we have to wait for the spring to come to look for him again," Nadel said.

During an earlier search of the mountainous area where her husband disappeared, cadaver dogs zeroed in on a specific spot, according to Edna Nadel.

"There was this one area that the dog was favoring, all the dogs were favoring that area, and that's what they wanted to search today," she said.

While the Nadel family waits, their minds turn over every possible scenario of what may have happened to Mel.

"I'm covering all my bases, I'm covering everything," Edna said. "I'm not pointing fingers and saying somebody hurt him or something."

The family hopes if someone knows something, they will come forward.

A benefit dinner for Mel Nadel will be held at the Santa Fe Capitol Grill from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 27.

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