Searching for a Cave in the Desert: The Strange Disappearance of Kenny Veach

On Monday, November 10, 2014, Kenneth Lee Veach, known by friends and family as Kenny, told his family that he was going on “a short, overnight trip” into the Sheep Mountains in Nevada.  The 47-year-old hiker then headed out and never returned home.

Kenny’s disappearance was as unceremonious as his exit, and few concrete clues were ever found.  However, the truly bizarre aspects of the story begin not with Kenny’s November 10th hike, but a little over a month earlier.  Oddly, it all seems to have began with an off-handed comment on a Youtube video.

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Kenny Veach

Breaking with the usual True Noir format (in which the subject mystery is summarized immediately), the story of Kenny Veach’s disappearance is convoluted, and strange, enough to necessitate a sequential re-telling of events.

Where is Kenny Veach?  Was he even a real person?  Could he have interacted with extraterrestrial technology successfully salvaged by the US government?  And, what does any of this have to do with a mysterious and supernatural cave in the Mojave desert?

A ‘Conscious’ Energy

The long and strange story begins in a barely-tangentially-related place.

A website featuring various theories and ‘evidence’ for the existence of extraterrestrials and nefarious government collusion, has a robust Youtube catalog of interviews with witnesses.  They have released two documentaries and detail their agenda accordingly:

“We are interested in the development of a peaceful relationship with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI) which has been visiting planet Earth for decades if not centuries.

Part of the reason the ETI presence has been kept secret is that one of the first questions would be, “How are they getting here?” They are not using fossil fuels. It is through zero point or quantum vacuum energy generation systems. And it is those energy systems we want to develop and bring out to the general public so that we may have a world of pollution free , sustainable abundance.”

Glancing through the many videos uploaded by Sirius Disclosure, it becomes readily apparent that one video in particular has an outrageous amount of views compared to the many others.  Published on December 3rd, 2013, this well-watched video is called Son of an Area 51 Technician and features the recollections of a rather soft-spoken man named Paul H. Utz.

Paul shares his impressions of and stories about his father.  Paul’s father worked his entire life in a GS-16 capacity for the US government near Nellis Air Force Base (and Area 51, obviously).  He had had a high level of security clearance.

In the video, Paul recalls a story that his father drunkenly told him:

“They had tested a device that was supposed to be a new type of energy source direction, and they had taken it out into the range. And it had literally blown up when they tried to activate it- when they tried to turn it on. One of the things that [my father] found interesting was that [the energy source] had a lot of organic composition within the material structure…

[My father] says that it was developed by a university and that it was a technology, and that his group and his team were developing it further and studying it further, and that it had organic components….

[It] was almost like it had a consciousness.”


Bad Vibrations

In 2014, in an off-handed interaction that would directly correlate with the amassing of over 1,197,204 views on the (otherwise unremarkable) video, and potentially lead to his disappearance, Kenny Veach took a few moments to leave an unusual comment on the above-detailed interview.

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AKA snakebitmgee

Under the Youtube username, snakebitmgee, Kenny described hiking near Nellis Air Force Base and finding a strange “hidden” cave.  The entrance of this cave was “shaped like a perfect capital M.”

[The cave was quickly given the apt (yet obtuse) moniker of ‘the M Cave’ by Youtube users.]

A prolific hiker, and brazen adventurer, Kenny is adamant in the post that he “always [enters] every cave” he finds.  However, upon attempting to enter the M Cave, he described his body shaking as he neared the cave entrance.  As Kenny neared closer and closer, the “vibrating” became worse and he began to experience a deep sense of foreboding.

Before Kenny could enter, as he had done with so many other caves so many times before, he was overcome by his fear and “high-tailed it out of there.”

Though comments have since been disabled on the video, screenshots still exist of Kenny’s original post:

Kenny Veach M Cave


A Return to the Cave?

After a barrage of questions and criticisms from other Youtube commenters, Kenny would eventually decide to return to the Sheep Range and try to find the M Cave again.  As detailed in this article, “encountering that cave seemed to be quite a big deal for [Kenny], a frightening life-changing experience.”

After his first unsuccessful attempt at locating the M Cave, he posted this video to satiate social media followers.  At around the 1:30 mark, Kenny explains:

...I’m looking for a cave that I found, and I didn’t have a-[He gestures to a gun in his hip holster.]  I didn’t have a side arm when I was here before.

And something about that cave, just, spooked me, outta all the caves I’ve ever gone in– this one just made my body vibrate.  The closer I got to it, the crazier my body felt.  And I was like, ‘Alright, I’m not going to go in there right now, but I’m going to come back someday.‘  

And I talked to some people on Youtube, and I told ‘um, ‘Hey, I’m coming out here,‘ you know, cause they– they kinda called my hand on it, so, I don’t know if there’s going to be anything to it, but it might be interesting.  Uh, if I can find it, I’ve got to relocate it, and this is a biiiig mountain range I’m in…

[The cave’s] shaped like a big M.  It’s a big cave that looks just like a gigantic M, and it’s about as tall as I am, and kinda narrow.  And, uh, it’s stuck on the side of a mountain.  

So, I hope I can find it again.  If I do, I’m going in there. I’m gonna put on my light, take my gun out, and walk in there, see if I find anything.  We’ll see.” 

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Kenny also, at some point, allegedly commented the following:

“The region that I cover is vast. There are many caves. I have been in hundreds of them. The M-cave is the only cave I ever feared… I dare any of the people that like to run their mouths on here to join me.” 

Looking at the above comments, it’s reasonable to assume that some of the Youtube criticism may have, at this point, been annoying Kenny.  Though he was unable to locate the M Cave on this trip, he remained undeterred.

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Like a bad horror film trope, Kenny soon agreed to try to find the cave again.  He commented:

“I will have my 9mm with me this time, just in case. It’s a ten-hour hike. No trails. Very dangerous terrain.”

In a Mysterious Universe article by Brent Swancer, the apprehension surrounding Kenny’s endeavor to find the cave is aptly described as having an “air of dread.”

Further echoing sentiments across the web, the article describes how, from the beginning of the entire debacle, some followers couldn’t quite shake the feeling that:

“the cave was nothing but trouble, a hungry presence, and if it did indeed exist, [it] was perhaps a place that [Kenny] was not meant to return from…”

Whether due to supernatural compulsion, innocent curiosity, stubborn pride in the face of anonymous internet criticism, or perhaps for other reasons entirely, Kenny Veach would make his final attempt to find the M Cave on November 10, 2014.

This search attempt was the same hike in which he disappeared.


A Hidden Cave Hoax?

Those who had unknowingly followed Kenny’s tale of his own eventual disappearance, from his very first Youtube comment about the mysterious cave, were deeply unnerved.

However, social media followers also quickly began to question the perplexing circumstances surrounding the disappearance.  It seemed to be an unavoidable first conclusion for those following the events.

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In true modern fashion, many skeptics reiterated the saying- you can never trust anything you read on the internet.  Could the whole thing, from Kenny’s very first casual comment, have been an elaborate internet hoax?

As of this post, Kenny Veach and the mysterious M Cave have yet to be debunked on Snopes.  But, there are very few details available about Kenny’s life– none of which are readily available, easily verifiable, and/or known for certain.

Most of the corroborating information pertaining to this mystery comes from purported friends and family members leaving [unverifiable] comments on various social media platforms across the internet.

In fact, Kenny’s girlfriend, Sheryon Pilgrim, first broke the news of his disappearance in a Youtube comment (featured below).

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Kenny and Sheryon

Kenny Veach M Cave Girlfriend

The situation does share several red flags with many other pervasive internet hoaxes: Kenny’s sudden online appearance, no easily attainable legitimization of his existence, and a crazy story about something abnormal in the wilderness.

Kenny only ever uploaded the following five videos to his Youtube account, and they are all very odd:

Kenny appears to have posted 4 out of 5 videos on the same day a few weeks before Halloween.  All of the videos, except the M Cave search, are centered upon him selling something– his house, a product, or an idea.

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Kenny ‘selling himself’ with his home.

Kenny’s first video is of him attempting to ‘sell himself‘ along with his house.  He proposes the idea of purchasing of his abode as a vacation home, but also allowing him to continue living in it as a caretaker.  Another video is that of the failed M Cave search.  The three remaining videos appear to (seriously?) constitute Kenny’s attempt at submitting ideas to the popular television show, SharkTank.

However, it appears that submissions to SharkTank are accepted via e-mailed applications.  If Kenny were serious about getting these ideas on SharkTank, it is likely that Youtube videos alone would not have been considered an actual submission by the production company.

In addition, media did not seem to heavily feature the disappearance.  An unresolved disappearance in the Mojave desert, combined with the kind of paranormal backstory that would make conspiracists everywhere jump up and down, would have seemingly made more than a few headlines.

[Editor’s Note:  It bears noting that after extensive scouring of the web, True Noir could locate only one local news story and a poorly transcribed news segment featuring the disappearance.  This may make Kenny Veach’s disappearance the LEAST reported on mystery (by legitimate news organizations) in the entire TN catalog, save for our post on Black Eyed Kids. Well, maybe, even the BEKs had one news article.]


Though Kenny seems proficient at Youtube, it’s understandable that a 47-year-old outdoorsman may not have fully grasped all of the intricacies of modern internet culture.  And, regardless of anyone’s suspicions, the following details are all true:

  • Though rare and hard to find, there are legitimate local news reports which feature Kenny Veach’s disappearance and the resulting search efforts.
  • Kenny is listed in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) which requires submission/authorization/confirmation from local authorities.
  • According to a transcript of a local news broadcast (though the actual broadcast could not be located), Kenny’s daughter, Victoria, made a public plea for assistance, stating, “Knowing my dad, I’m pretty sure that he probably just hurt himself and he just needs help and he’s stuck and needs help.”
  • According to Red Rock Search and Rescue’s official Twitter handle, a search was performed for Kenny.

In consideration of the above-listed reasons alone, the disappearance of Kenneth Lee Veach appears to be just as real as any other legitimate missing persons case with a distinct lack of leads, evidence, and national media coverage.  Youtube videos and strange cave comments aside, Kenny was a father/son/boyfriend/ human being that vanished without explanation.

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Coordinates Unknown

Considering the hoax theory debunked, one dark question hangs heavily over the mystery of Kenny Veach and the M Cave.

What, exactly, happened to Kenny in that remote span of wilderness?   

According to the (only) news report, searchers with Red Rock Search and Rescue discovered Kenny’s cell phone placed near a mine shaft.  No body, clothes, or other belongings have ever been found.

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Red Rock Search & Rescue Commander, Dave Cummings, told the local news company:

“We found his cell phone close to a very vertical old mine shaft and we can’t find another trail.  It doesn’t mean that he’s down the mine shaft, but we have tracked him as far as we can.  We are having our other crews come in from the search areas.”

Dave’s comment brings to mind a few moments in the beginning of the M Cave Hike video.  Kenny pans down an old and dangerous-looking shaft, saying:

“This is kinda iffy.  Um, I’m gonna step on this thing.  It’s very old but I’ll just show ya down inside that hole it goes way way way down in there…

…If you fell that’d be it.  You’d be a goner. It’s a long way.”

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Picture from M Cave Video

Regarding the discovery of his cell phone, Sheryon Pilgrim (Kenny’s girlfriend who first commented that Kenny had gone missing), later also revealed the following:

“The phone looked like it was left on the ground by the mine. His pockets were deep (he would always wear military pants to hike in). They have very deep pockets. Yes, it is very odd that nothing else was found…. no sleeping bag…no backpack.”



Ray Guns & Wilderness

Known as the home of “the largest habitat of desert bighorn sheep in the southwest,” the mountainous Sheep Range in Nevada is a rugged and remote area.

The Sheep Range is “one of southern Nevada’s major mountain ranges,” and, in addition to sheep, it is also home to mule deer, kit foxes, collared lizards, mountain lions, roadrunners, king snakes, desert tortoise, and an incredible variety of vegetation.  The climate spans from “multiple days of sub-freezing winter temperatures to long and dry sun-irradiated summer days.”

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The Sheep Range

It is described as offering “outstanding opportunities for primitive recreation and solitude.”  For this reason, though an infrequent destination for tourists, the area is a playground for experienced hikers, mountaineers, scramblers, and canyoneers.

These formidable mountains, with the highest peak reaching an elevation of 9,912 feet above sea level,  are “located within in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge north of Las Vegas, near Nellis Air Force Base.”

The Desert National Wildlife Refuge is the “largest wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states of the United States” and the entire refuge is comprised of “1.615 million acres” of land in the Mojave Desert.

The nearby Nellis Air Force Base is well-known for being a component in a variety of conspiracy theories, the most frequent of which usually relating to the base’s proximity to Area 51.

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Kenny believed the M Cave was located somewhere around this area. 

Due to the “advanced aircraft and weapons systems” developed at Nellis AFB, theorists have long surmised that “government scientists reverse-engineer” extraterrestrial technology from the “remains of crashed UFO spacecrafts [stored] at Area 51.”

Other such theories border on the fantastical and are, especially, colorful.  One such conspiracy theory claims that “a species of aliens knows as the ‘Tall Whites‘ are actually based inside Nellis Air Force Base.”  From their long-standing seat at Nellis, these aliens continue to “help the USAF develop their technologies in exchange for mineral resources they require on their planet.”

Nellis Air Force

Source: Wikipedia -By Finlay McWalter (USGS Topo Maps GIS data)

Based on Kenny’s comments on the video of the Son of an Area 51 Technician, it can be reasonably surmised that he believed his M Cave experience may have resulted from an interaction with some kind of unknown government technology.

Though it may seem outlandish, and it is certainly not the conscious technology described by Paul H. Utz, there are some rather unsettling deterrent technologies developed by the US government.

The Active Denial System, or ADS, is a weapon developed by the US military for “area denial, perimeter security, and crowd control” which “heats the surface of targets, such as the skin of targeted human subjects.”  Deployed in 2010 for the Afghanistan War, the ADS uses “a similar principle as a microwave oven, exciting the water and fat molecules in the skin, and instantly heating them via dielectric heating.”

Though it’s considered harmless (except by the 0.1% of subjects that experience “pea-sized blisters” during testing), one test subject asserted:

“It will repel you.  If hit by the beam, you will move out of it — reflexively and quickly.  You for sure will not be eager to experience it again.”

In addition, other theories exist about the government potentially using infrasound– a lower frequency sound which “may cause feelings of awe or fear in humans” and “make people feel vaguely that odd or supernatural events are taking place.”

Though this Popular Science article ensures readers that infrasound cannot be used to induce head explosions, it does make a very interesting, and relevant, comment:

“Almost any part of your body, based on its volume and makeup, will vibrate at specific frequencies with enough power.”

Is it possible that Kenny found some kind of military-grade deterrent system in the Sheep Mountains?  Could the M Cave have been the entrance to a secret testing facility?

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Making a lone hiker disappear after he wandered around the entrance to a government facility (on three separate occasions) is certainly not the most outrageous conspiracy theory plaguing the interwebz.

Alternatively, the military covering up the death of a lone hiker after he was inadvertently exposed to a secret weapon seems less far-fetched than rolling out a massive ray gun in Afghanistan.


A Tragic Legend

Though the circumstances surrounding Kenny Veach’s disappearance lend themselves readily to conspiracists, there is a high likelihood that the reality of Kenny’s fate was much more mundane.

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Many people believe that, as a result of his cavalier approach towards solo hiking and safety, Kenny Veach ultimately succumbed to the elements.  According to a (widely reposted) quotation taken from one of Kenny’s comments on the Son of an Area 51 Technician video, he said:

“My hikes are brutal on the body. After one of my long hikes, some of my toenails turn black and fall off. I lose about thirteen pounds of body weight. It takes me about three days to recover from the abuse I put myself through. But I love every minute of it.”

By Kenny’s own admissions, he pushed his hiking adventures to the limit.  In addition, as Sheryon Pilgrim first mentioned in the post about Kenny going missing, he did not use a GPS device for hiking.


More tragically, Sheryon later expounded in a revealing post about Kenny’s possible mental state:

“He left at 6 am, for his about 1 hr drive, to where he would park to start his hike. With all that I have put together from conversations and where he was in his life I believe he took his own life.

I could see his depression increase due to money issues. He had quit his job of 17 years about 14 months before he disappeared and was living on his retirement money. He was running out of money, had not created the money he hoped to with doing a business on his own.

He did open up and talk with me about his suicidal thoughts he had had for years. As he said for most of his life. His father committed suicide with a gun when Kenny was in his early 20’s. I don’t know if Kenny left in the morning with this intent or if the decision was made after he was on his hike.

I was with Search and Rescuer when they got the OK from the police to search his house. His gun was not there so we know that he took his gun with him. He always took it on our camping trips and usually took it on long desert hikes. What I found odd is that his video camera was left behind but his regular camera was not found in his home so we figured he took this photo camera.

A search was done with his computer and the history showed that he had recently been reading several articles on suicide and he had the words help me written several times in one of his searches. He only said it to me once that if he decided to do “it” he would not do it in his home and that no one would ever find him.

I am only guessing….but I feel he said this because of the memories of finding his dad after suicide and knowing what this was like. So, with the helicopter fly over and not a trace of Kenny or any of his things I feel it will be very difficult to find him. He may have had a specific place in mind but as he said in his video there were hundreds of caves and mines all over the area. This is merely my opinion and I could be wrong, but it is based on my many conversations with Kenny and information gathered with Search and Rescue…..much more than I can write in a post.”

Sadly, the Youtube videos of Kenny trying to sell his home and get on SharkTank certainly support this theory.  A higher likelihood of suicide may also explain the lack of interest by news organizations.

And though the possibility of suicide may be likely, no concrete evidence of what happened to Kenny Veach has ever been discovered.  If he truly did intend to take his own life on that hike, than Kenny most likely took measures to obscure his fate in mystery.

In the process, Kenneth Lee Veach and the M Cave have become a legend recounted by vastly different and passionate subgroups dispersed across the internet.  Hikers and adventurers, conspiracists and ufologists, as well as the masses of anonymous internet commenters are still arguing over his fate.

Most followers of this mystery can’t shake the feeling of dread or the questions.  Does the mysterious and frightening M Cave really exist?  And, if so, did it have anything to do with Kenny’s inexplicable vanishing act?

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Kenneth Lee Veach would be 50 years old now.  He has brown hair, brown eyes, was 5’8″ tall, and weighed 140 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

If you have any information about Kenny or his whereabouts, please contact Detective Dan Holley at (702) 828-5705 or the Las Vegas Metro Police.

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