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Searchers take to horseback and sky on fifth day of search for missing Casper boy (Photos)

A Blackhawk helicopter from the Wyoming National Air Guard arrives to help search for Joseph Peterson on Thursday morning. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – With horse trailers and a Blackhawk helicopter nearby, searchers gathered at Goose Creek Circle just off Hat Six Road on a cold Thursday morning for their daily briefing.

Experts from official agencies and area volunteers looked over maps and discussed the possible routes Joseph Peterson, 16, might have taken when he walked away from his home on Sunday.

The search and rescue operation, which started around noon on Sunday, continues today. Technology used so far on the search ranges from sophisticated drones and an Army helicopter to K-9 dogs and horses. Drones are unavailable today according to the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, so air work will be accomplished by helicopter.

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The search area has been expanded further away from the family home and towards the mountain. To date, some 140 square miles have been searched according to the sheriff’s office. Terrain includes open prairie, wooded areas and bodies of water.

Joseph, who is autistic, left wearing only a sweatshirt and his pajama bottoms. The weather on Sunday changed from mild to bitterly cold with snow overnight.

The operation to find Joseph is still considered a search and rescue, according to authorities on site. Agencies involved in the effort include local, state and federal.

Joseph Peterson 16 was reported missing on Sunday Nov 10 2019 (Submitted)
Joseph Peterson, 16, was reported missing on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (Submitted)