Two teenage boys who reportedly ran away from Lander, Wyoming, on Thursday in a stolen classic 1969 Chevelle also were armed, police say.
Otis Edlund and Quintin Wyrick, both 16, fled Lander overnight Feb. 7-8, according to a Thursday call log entry by the Lander Police Department.
Along with the 1969 Chevelle reportedly stolen from a garage on Wyoming Street, the teens also fled with guns, according to the notation for the police call someone placed at 7:44 the morning of Feb. 8.
The Chevelle has Fremont County, Wyoming license plates, and the boys were “possibly heading to Texas,” the log adds. It’s white with a black top and a black stripe on the side.
“This vehicle is extremely difficult to drive on (in) these road conditions,” wrote a woman who identified herself as Edlund’s aunt in a Friday post to the Wyoming Road and Weather Conditions Facebook page.
“They will need to fuel up A LOT! Please, please keep an eye out on the road, in ditches, gas stations. The families are worried sick,” she posted.
Edlund stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 130 pounds, is white and has brown hair and blue eyes, says the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation’s missing persons page.
Wyrick stands 6-foot-2, weighs 210 pounds, is white and has brown hair and blue eyes, according to the DCI.
The DCI flier encourages anyone who spots the youths to call 307-332-3131 for the Lander Police Department or 307-777-7181 for DCI.
Both teens are students at Lander Valley High school, according to a Friday statement by Fremont County School District No. 1 Superintendent Mike Harris, sent to district parents via email.
LPD and other agencies are “actively searching for these students,” says the statement.
Harris also responded to online posts indicating that the youths pose a shooting threat to preschools.
“Reports of threats toward Lander schools are unfounded,” says Harris’ statement. “Please trust that our law enforcement partners are investigating all leads to bring both students home safely, and if there is any threat to our schools and students, the police and school district will take appropriate action immediately.”
The Amarillo Police Department in Texas dispatched a statement Friday as well, saying it was aware of a “community threat resulting from information out of Wyoming,” possibly involving a day care.
“We are utilizing the information from Wyoming to track the subjects and have found that currently there’s no direct threat in our city,” says the statement, adding that Amarillo police will continue to monitor the situation and update the public.
DCI Director Ronnie Jones did not immediately respond Friday to an email requesting comment on these concerns.
Clair McFarland can be reached at Clair@CowboyStateDaily.com.