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NCSO Update: Search for Joey Peterson Continues

NCSO Sgt. Sean Ellis prepares to address members of the media, regarding search efforts for Joseph “Joey” Peterson, on November 11, 2019. Peterson has been missing since the late morning or early afternoon, November 10, 2019. (File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo.— The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office says the search for a missing 16-year-old boy, described as autistic, continues. The NCSO posted an update to social media Tuesday afternoon.

The NCO reports that between 11 am and 12 pm on November 10, 2019, 16 year Joseph Peterson left his home. Joseph’s house is located in the area of Goose Creek and Hat Six road, in southeastern Natrona County.

County emergency services and community members are into the 48th hour of searching for Joseph Peterson.

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To date, there has been a total of 33 square miles searched.

“The focus of today (November 12, 2019) is the use of new K-9 teams that have arrived, air assets which include a Wyoming Army National Guard Blackhawk and crew, multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and focused area searches which have been dictated by the incident commander from the data collected from the previous 48 hours,” NCSO said in a written statement.

NCSO reports the following resources are currently being utilized:

  • 84 volunteers were utilized during the November 11, 2019 search
  • 5 new search dogs arrived in the last 24 hours and are being utilized.
  • Wyoming Air National Guard Black Hawk Helicopter and crew
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Forward-Looking Infrared Red (FLIR)
  • Natrona County Fire Protection District personnel and equipment
  • Casper Fire Department personnel and equipment
  • Evansville Fire Department personnel and equipment
  • Natrona County Search and Rescue, which is a volunteer organization trained by the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office
  • Natrona County Emergency Management
  • Natrona County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Casper Police Department
  • Wyoming Game and Fish
Joseph Peterson, 16, was reported missing on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (Courtesy)
Joseph Peterson, 16, was reported missing on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (Submitted)
Joseph Peterson, 16, was reported missing on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (Submitted)

This story was updated with newly submitted photos of Joey Peterson at 11:45 am, November 14, 2019.