Well-known “good Samaritan” Melvin Dummar claims that he unknowingly picked up Steve Fossett, who was hitchhiking on a remote Nevada road. Fossett had a scrubby beard, shoulder length, hair, and long fingernails. According to Dummar, Fossett asked to be taken to a Las Vegas hotel, and paid Dummar $135 cash for his trouble, which was all the money he had at the time. According to Dummar, the man also promised to give Dummar “a million dollars,” as soon as the banks opened the next day. Dummar did not know who the man was, and thought he was just telling stories, so he did not go back to the hotel to collect the money. Several days later, Dummar saw a picture of Fossett on television.
Hotel personnel in Las Vegas claim that Fossett never registered there.
Dummar’s attorney released a statement this morning stating that Fossett’s estate owes Melvin $1,000,000 plus accruing interest.