The search continues for Dylan Rounds, a 19-year-old farmer from Utah


SALT LAKE CITY (KTVX) — Shortly after graduating from high school, Dylan Rounds set out to carry out his plan.

He wanted his own land to cultivate.

And that’s what he was doing along the Nevada-Utah border when he suddenly disappeared.

“It started on Monday, May 30, Remembrance Day, when we realized that no one had seen my son for a few days,” his mother Candace Cooley said.

For the past year, Rounds has lived in an RV on his property in Box Elder County, along the Nevada-Utah border.

“Dylan has been working on this farm, in Utah, his own farm, digging up the soil and getting ready for his harvest,” Cooley said. “This year was going to be his first harvest. This farm was his whole life.

On Memorial Day weekend, his Idaho family visited the farm after not hearing from him. The place was abandoned.

“We searched, searched everywhere,” Cooley said. “Search and rescue went out that first weekend and we located his boots.”

His mother said the boots were a short distance from his RV and were the only pair he owned.

“At that point, it should have been treated as foul play,” Cooley thought. “You just don’t see someone’s boots in the desert missing.”

On the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Facebook page, they considered it a “missing persons case.” They received tips and continue to “search the Lucin area (a nearby town)”.

The sheriff’s station said his van was found on his property and he would be on foot.

Cooley said that despite recent rains before he disappeared, he did not appear to have been moved, which raised further suspicion.

“It’s like he never moved in the rain or took it anywhere on Saturday like they originally thought,” she said.

On Wednesday, before he was last seen in nearby Lucin, he told his mother about a man walking barefoot along the road.

“He said ‘Mom, you wouldn’t believe that guy who jumped out of the desert,'” Cooley said. “’He was bloody, had no shoes on. He wanted to take a ride. I didn’t take him.

In Lucin, the family learned the identity of the man. But she said the man called her on purpose and didn’t know where Rounds might be.

Cooley said the man claimed to have an alibi. She provided the name to the sheriff and does not know if he was cleared. She does not know if the authorities think the same.

Search and rescue units from Box Elder County and neighboring Nevada continued to search the area. But there is still no sign of him.

“He was so excited when I spoke to him on Thursday,” Cooley recalled. “He said ‘my grain grows and it goes up. I will have a harvest this year. (He was) just ecstatic, high on the world and (then) just disappeared, not a trace.

Cooley said they found at least three people of interest on their own. Two were former Rounds employees. She forwarded the names to the sheriff’s office.

Meanwhile, the family receives a $20,000 reward for any information that can help determine the whereabouts of Dylan Rounds. If you have any information, you are encouraged to call 208-604-3838 or 208-604-3839.


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