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Search for boy missing since Sunday continues for fourth day

Joseph “Joey” Peterson (Courtesy Photo)

CASPER, Wyo. – The search for an autistic boy who has been missing since Sunday is now in its fourth day and is still a “full scale search,” according to the Natrona County Sheriff investigator Taylor Courtney.

A release from the sheriff’s office says fresh K-9 teams out of Jackson and drones “with specific capabilities to survey through foliage” that are being provided by a private company are being utilized today.

“The drones have the capability to fly manually or by a pre-programed flight pattern with near infrared capabilities, as well as programs which can discern assigned colors,” according to the release.

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Trained personnel on horseback are also being used to cover difficult terrain.

According to Courtney, there was no overnight search last night because of safety issues and availability of equipment.

The Sheriff’s office is still asking uninvolved people to avoid the area.

The search for Joey Peterson started around noon on Sunday, November 10, roughly an hour after he was discovered missing.

Joey left his family home in the Goose Creek and Hat Six Road area wearing only a hooded sweatshirt and pajama bottoms on a day that started mild but became winter-like as the afternoon progressed. Overnight temperatures on Sunday dipped into the single digits, with wind chills below zero.

During a press briefing on Monday, Natrona County Sheriff Sgt. Sean Ellis described Joey as autistic, “not self-sufficient and does not problem-solve at an age-appropriate level” and lacking the ability to judge consequences.

Search team are comprised of local, state and federal agencies who’ve been working day and night.

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.