John Handy (WDOC, Shutterstock)

CASPER, Wyo. — Authorities continue to search Tuesday for a Wyoming state prisoner who disappeared Monday from a Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp forestry work crew in Weston County.

John E. Handy was serving 5–7 years for manufacture or delivery of marijuana, the Wyoming Department of Corrections stated.

“On the morning of June 5, 2023, three Forestry Work Details left the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp, two details had ten inmates and a supervisor each and one detail had five inmates and a supervisor to work a forestry work site east of the facility,” a WDOC statement said Tuesday. 

“At approximately 2:30 PM yesterday afternoon (6.5.23) the Work Detail Supervisor realized Inmate John E. Handy was not where he was required to be.”

Despite the use of a search-and-rescue drone and tracking dogs, the Weston County Sheriff’s Office reported no sign of Handy on Tuesday.

“Staff from WHCC is doing a grid search of the work area where he was last seen now,” the county sheriff’s office reported on social media. “It may be that he had a good lead time to start his journey to get away.”

“If you live in the area please keep your vehicles and your homes locked and stay vigilant,
 the WCSO added. “Keep your eyes open and if you see anything suspicious or you see the escapee call 911. Do not approach him.”