For the second day in a row ACSSAR was called to help locate an overdue hunter. At 11:10 am ACSSAR was activated to search the northern part of the county near Laramie Peak for a hunter that had been missing since 1400 the previous day. While in route to the location, the hunter was located and all ACSSAR personnel return to Laramie.
At about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an overdue hunter in the northern part of Albany County near Friend Park Campground.
Information gathered was that the overdue hunter was 64 years old and hadn’t returned to camp on the evening of Tuesday, October 20, 2015.
The missing hunter had eight friends in their camp, and they had initially begun to search the area on horses and ATV four-wheelers.
A deputy arrived in the area and met with some friends of the man, and they had determined the area where he had been because of his vehicle being located and parked.
Prior to the first deputy arriving on scene, members of Albany County Search and Rescue and additional deputies were activated and began their response to the area.
Additional volunteer search teams with the University of Wyoming R.O.T.C. were placed on standby if needed.
At about noon, a friend of the hunter located him and his vehicle on a roadway some distance away from their camp.
The man advised that he had hiked about 1.5 miles away from where he had parked his vehicle and as darkness approached he determined that his flashlight was not working.
He correctly decided to start a fire to remain warm and took shelter near some large boulders for the night.
He eventually made it back to his vehicle and attempted to head back to their camp, yet took a wrong turn. After traveling for some distance he experienced vehicle problems.
Robert J. DeBree
Albany County Sheriff’s Office