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Authorities seek couple who disappeared on way to Gardnerville

The search for a couple who disappeared on their way to Gardnerville on Thursday has been suspended for the day, and authorities are evaluating whether to continue to search again on Wednesday.

Roderick Paul Clifton, 44, and Paula Lane, 46, were last seen in Citrus Heights at around 2:45 p.m. Thursday in a blue 1989 Jeep, with California plates 4VPB739.

Lane calls Gardnerville home, while Clifton is a part-time resident of Citrus Heights, according to Citrus Heights spokesman Sgt. Erick Mattke.

The couple left Citrus Heights on their way to Carson Valley on Thursday afternoon. Their usual route was Highway 50 over Echo Summit, Highway 89 over Luther Pass, to Highway 88.

They were reported missing on Friday, according to the California Attorney General Office's Missing Person's database.

Mattke said Clifton and Lane's cell phones and credit cards have not been used since they left Citrus Heights.

"All information points to some unintended event occurring during their drive between Citrus Heights and Gardnerville," Mattke said. "Citrus Heights Police Department Investigators have found no evidence the missing parties are involved in criminal activity or have met with foul play."

California Highway Patrol along with Douglas, Alpine, El Dorado county authorities looked for the couple through the weekend. Family and friends of the missing couple also participated in the search.

Clifton is 5-feet, 11-inches tall, weighing 240 pounds with hazel eyes. Lane is blonde, 5-feet, 4-inches tall weighing 140 pounds, with brown eyes.

Anyone who sees them is asked to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916)727-5500.

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The Record Courier Updated Dec 5, 2012 09:34AM Published Dec 4, 2012 05:50PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.