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Search For Missing Boy With Autism From Wyoming Moves To Recovery Effort; Police Seek Public Help

Search For Missing Boy With Autism From Wyoming Moves To Recovery Effort; Police Seek Public Help

The 16-year-old is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. Anyone with information on Joey's whereabouts can call (307) 235-9300.

It's been over 14 days since Joey Peterson wandered out of his parents' house in Rural Wyoming wearing a sweatshirt and pajama pants and CNN reports that it is not enough to protect the boy from the brutal winter weather. If anything, the temperatures have only dipped well below the freezing point. Authorities are now searching through the remote wilderness by both land and air hoping to find the 16-year-old boy with autism, even if he's not alive. "Factoring the time frame, lack of clothing Joey was wearing, no food source and extreme weather conditions, the search for Joey at this time is consistent with a recovery," Natrona County Sheriff's investigator Taylor Courtney told reporters.



 

The boy was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and pajama pants. He may not be wearing shoes, Courtney said. However, footprints suggest he could have traveled up to 6 miles. Natrona County Sheriff's Deputy Sean Ellis said that Joey does not comprehend how actions have consequences. "Joseph is autistic who functions at a higher level, but is not self-sufficient and does not problem solve at an age-appropriate level," Ellis said.



 

Crews have searched about 240 square miles of the remote terrain and on Sunday. A team found footprints that they believe to be Joey's but it was found miles away from his home.  "That track provided a general direction of travel through very steep mountainous terrain, and a comprehensive search of that area is ongoing," the Natrona County Sheriff's Office said. On Tuesday, "additional footprints and suspected footprints have been located," the sheriff's department said.



 

"Search teams comprised of mounted searchers, tracking experts, and K9 teams are converging from both sides of an area where Joey is believed to have walked toward." As of Wednesday afternoon, the NCSO spokesperson said the teams were anticipating the search to get tougher due to an approaching storm which would bring heavy snowfall, biting-cold temperatures and lack of visibility with it.



 

“With poor weather expected to move in overnight, we remain persistent and hopeful of finding Joey as soon as possible,” the spokesperson said. “This does not mean that we will not continue searching for him,” he reassured, according to People



 

“We are analyzing data that will indicate areas of probability. Methodical and organized searches will continue.” Now, search and rescue teams seek help from drones to locate the missing teen. No foul play is suspected in the teen's disappearance. The 16-year-old is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. Ellis also added that Joey has no cell phone, thus no mode of communication. However, authorities have requested that anyone with information on Joey's whereabouts to call (307) 235-9300 and inform them. 



 

Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.

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