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Anti-Brothel Man Search Continues

November 10, 1999 GMT

RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Police were searching for an outspoken anti-prostitution crusader whose bloodstained car was found near a brothel.

Milo John Reese, director of the group Nevada Against Prostitution, was last seen by his wife, Susan, on Sunday night, when he left for a meeting at the Old Bridge Ranch brothel.

The legal bordello is located next to the notorious, now-padlocked Mustang Ranch, which was confiscated over the summer by the federal government.

Washoe County sheriff’s Lt. Doug Gist said a helicopter search Tuesday turned up no trace of the 54-year-old Reese.

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``I’m worried. I don’t know what happened to him, if he was kidnapped or what,″ Susan Reese told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Reese did not tell his wife what the meeting was about.

Investigators said Reese’s car was found Monday about a half mile from the brothel. They said a window was smashed with a rock and small traces of blood were found inside and outside the car.

``We’re looking at the possibility he met with foul play and it was possibly connected to his brothel views,″ Gist said. ``But it easily could be something else, so we’re looking at this case very broadly.″

A woman who answered the phone at the Old Bridge Ranch on Tuesday said she knew nothing about the case.

Reese has tried for years to shut down Nevada’s legal brothels because he contends women with AIDS work at them.