CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County Sheriff’s office says the search for a 16-year-old male, described as being autistic, is continuing into the Monday nighttime hours.
“The search is ongoing, and is now transitioning into night time operations,” Sheriff’s Office officials said in a written statement. “The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office is not asking for volunteers and cannot stress the dangers of searching at night enough. Please stay away from the area.”
The NCSO has also withdrawn a call for food and water donations.
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“With the amazing outpouring of the Casper community, all nutritional needs have been met. We are asking for citizens to stop donations at this time.”
Joseph “Joey” Peterson is said to have left his home between 11 a.m. and noon Sunday, reportedly wearing only his pajamas and a hooded sweatshirt.
“Joseph was not dressed for the weather,” said Sgt. Sean Ellis during a press conference held on Monday morning.
His home is near Goose Creek and Hat Six Road in southeastern Natrona County, said Ellis.
Ellis said starting at noon yesterday a task force made up of ten agencies from city, county, state and federal emergency services have been searching for Joseph. K-9 teams, air assets, certified human trackers and search and rescue technicians are on site.
Ellis said the sheriff’s office is not looking for volunteers to assist with the search, and is asking people to stay clear of the search area.
This story was updated with newly submitted photos of Joey Peterson, including the featured image for this story, at 11:45 am, November 14, 2019.