CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County Natrona County emergency services and community members are into the 6th day of searching for 16-year-old Joseph “Joey” Peterson.
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.
“The focus of today; November 16, 2019; is the use of an additional four new K-9 teams,” NCSO officials said Saturday afternoon. “The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) are back and were flown all morning prior to the weather front. Combinations of mounted search personnel, Natrona County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Natrona County Search and Rescue (SAR) technicians to search technically difficult terrain are being used. We continue to expand the search area. To date, 240 square miles have been searched.”
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The following resources are listed as being utilized on Saturday”
- 151 volunteers used on November 15, 2019
- 40 volunteers used on November 16, 2019
- 4 new search dog teams.
- 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 Resources
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Resources
- Casper Police Department Resources
- Wyoming Game and Fish Personnel and Resources
- Organized mounted searchers
- Wyoming State Trackers personnel
The family of Joey Peterson has requested volunteers to aid in the search. NCSO officials say that all volunteers must coordinate with the command post near Goose Creek and Hat Six Road. Failure to do so may hinder official search efforts and may expend personnel and resources that are needed elsewhere.
The following video is from a press conference held by the NCSO on Friday, November 15, 2019: