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Missing Indiana Man’s Car Spotted Deserted In Park County

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Park County authorities launched a search for a missing Indiana man on Thursday after finding his jeep parked in an area northwest of Cody.

Lance Daghy was reported missing from Hobart, Indiana, earlier this week. On Thursday afternoon, the Park County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a 2018 red Jeep Wrangler with an Indiana registration being parked near the Sunlight Creek Bridge for a couple of days with no one around.

Investigators determined that the vehicle, which is registered to Daghy, had been in the area since Sunday.

Daghy is described as a white man standing 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds. He has blue eyes and sandy blonde hair.

According to a social media post by Ashlyn Daghy, Lance Daghy’s daughter, the man has been missing from Hobart since June 2.

“He left with no cell phone, any belongings, or mention of where he was going – this is completely out of his character,” she wrote. “He has no social media. We are unsure if he is still in the area. He is unarmed and not dangerous.”

Ashlyn Daghy declined an interview with Cowboy State Daily on Friday, saying it was not an appropriate time to make a lengthy comment.

“We are just hoping for a safe return at this point,” she said.

Park County Search and Rescue is searching in the area with ground teams to locate Daghy. It was not known whether the missing man had the appropriate equipment and supplies for a multi-day wilderness excursion.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office reported Daghy has no real backpacking or camping experience and no known ties to the area.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with knowledge about Daghy to call 307-527-8700 or 307-754-8700.

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Bone Found In Nebraska Likely Not That Of Missing Moorcroft Man

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By Jennifer Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

An arm bone found near Scottsbluff, Nebraska, last year likely does not belong to a missing Moorcroft man, according to Nebraska authorities.

However, officials are still waiting for conclusive DNA evidence to definitely rule out a possible connection between the bone and Chance Englebert, who has been missing for more than two years.

Englebert, then 25, disappeared on July 6, 2019, during a trip to see his wife’s family in Gering, Nebraska. 

The lower piece of a human arm bone was found by hunters last October near the North Platte River in western Nebraska. 

The bone had initially been sent to the University of Nebraska crime lab for a DNA analysis of the bone marrow, but due to the age and condition of the bone, which had been under water, the lab was unable to complete the testing, according to Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman.

It has since been sent to a lab at a Florida university for testing, Overman said. No estimate has been provided as to when the testing might be completed, he added.

Given the location of the bone downstream on the North Platte River, Overman said his department identified two potential missing persons the bone might have come from, Englebert and Walter “Gene” Patterson-Black.

The color of the piece of clothing found near the bone, however, bears a closer match that reportedly worn by Patterson-Black — not the blue shirt Englebert was wearing at the time he was last seen.

Lead Investigator Brian Eads of the Gering Police Department said that he, too, believes the bone likely does not belong to Englebert and has shared this with Englebert’s family. 

“We are still awaiting DNA confirmation, but we have no reason to believe this was Chance based on the evidence,” he said.

That said, Overman said investigators are not ruling anything out.

“What I will tell you is we go with the evidence,” Overman told Cowboy State Daily Tuesday afternoon. “So, we’ve got two missing people that we know of who could have had connections to the river…so it could be either one.”

Patterson-Black has been missing since May 12, 2016, according to The Charley Project, a national non-profit that provides information about missing person cases.

The 72-year-old man had been wearing a tan, plaid long-sleeve shirt when he was last seen in Scottsbluff. His abandoned SUV was found in the parking lot of the YMCA, and it’s thought that he may have intentionally gone into the North Platte River, which was swollen with rain at the time, according to his profile. 

Englebert’s fate remains a mystery despite multiple searches, thousands of tips, dozens of podcasts and extensive local and national media attention.

Friends and family members are offering $17,000 award for information that will lead to the discovery of Englebert or the identity of any suspects responsible for his disappearance. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gering Police Department at (308) 436-5088 or private investigator Amanda Waldron at (307) 797-0363 or the We Help the Missing tip line at (866) 660-4025. 

Tips can remain anonymous.

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Missing Irishman’s Mother Prepared For Recovery, Continues Call For Info

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The mother of an Irish man who disappeared while hiking in Grand Teton National Park has traveled to Wyoming to attempt a recovery of her son.

Grainne McLaughlin spoke with Irish news outlet RTE News this week while in the park and pleaded for people who were in the area around June 8 and might have seen her son, Cian McLaughlin, to come forward.

“Cian was a very outgoing guy, loved being outdoors,” the mother said. “If you met Cian, he’d stop and have a chat. He was living here for two years, he had dual citizenship.”

Grainne McLaughlin explained that Cian would work as a snowboard instructor in the winter and would work in the Jackson-area bars during the summer. She added her son was popular and had many friends both in Ireland and the United States.

Cian McLaughlin, 27, was last seen at around 2:30 p.m. June 8, about one-half mile from the Lupine Meadows Trailhead in the park. His vehicle was found days later.

“Despite the rangers’ massive search, I think they’ve put about 5,000 hours into it, we’ve still had no luck in finding anything,” his mother said. “He was well-versed in the mountains. He grew up hiking with me, his dad, my brother. He’s well-versed with equipment, gear, so we’re sure he was out on a day hike.”

McLaughlin was wearing a white t-shirt, a pair of shorts, a red Apple Watch, wire-rimmed sunglasses and a silver necklace at the time of his disappearance. 

Grainne McLaughlin suggested that although it was June when her son disappeared, the snow runoff in the area he was hiking could have been a factor.

“All of the waterfalls were gushing, there would have been [snow]melt underneath ice, so it’s tricky, it’s a tricky time of year,” she said.

McLaughlin is 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes. He has an Irish accent and would be considered thin or fit.

McLaughlin is the only person who disappeared in the park this summer who has not yet been found. Gabby Petito was found in Bridger-Teton National Forest, not far from the park, in mid-September and her death has been ruled a homicide.

Robert Lowery also was last seen in Grand Teton in August, and his body was found in September, as well. His death was ruled a suicide.

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More People Come Forward With Info About Missing Moorcroft Man

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By Jennifer Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

New leads and information about what happened the night a Moorcroft man went missing more than two years ago have been coming in, according to a private investigator who recently picked up the case, as the reward money increases to $14,750 following a fundraiser for the family.

Though she couldn’t divulge any of those leads or information at this time, Amanda Waldron, private investigator with the national non-profit We Help the Missing (WHTM), said that new witnesses have contacted her with information about the night of Englebert’s disappearance.

“Multiple people have come forward,” she said. “Typically, most cases are 5,000 piece puzzles but this one is more like a 10,000-piece.”

Chance Englebert, then 25, disappeared July 6, 2019, during a weekend trip with his wife and young son to visit her family in Gering, Nebraska. 

It’s unclear what transpired that day, but Englebert had been golfing with his father-in-law and other members of his wife’s family and reportedly got into an argument over the new job that he’d recently accepted after being laid off from a coal mine.

Englebert called his wife to come get him and told her he wanted to return home to Wyoming. When his wife refused to leave, he called a friend to come get him, but the friend was not able to make the drive, so Englebert allegedly started walking toward Torrington. 

He was last spotted on surveillance footage walking in downtown Gering on the 700 block of O Street, wearing Wrangler jeans, plaid shirt and a trucker’s cap.

The last text message from his phone was sent just after 9 p.m. that day and contained an incomprehensible jumble of numbers and emojis, according to his mom Dawn, who questions whether someone else had his phone as he never used the symbols in his messages. 

Despite a massive search involving 17 agencies, drones, divers, cadaver dogs and hundreds of volunteers on foot, horseback and ATVs – as well as several searches led by friends over the past two years between Gering and Torrington – Englebert remains missing.

His case has been the subject of dozens of missing person and true crime podcasts, most recently on InHuman: A True Crime Podcast.

Waldron is in the process of tracking these new leads down and encourages anyone with information to come forward.

“I’d suggest people need to get ahead of this before criminal charges start happening as we get closer to getting answers,” she said Monday. “Someone innocent is protecting someone guilty, and it would be in their best interest to come forward.” 

Gering Police continue to receive tips and conduct interviews, Brian Eads, lead investigator on the case, said, though they haven’t seen a boost in new people coming forward after the reward money was recently increased $2,700 to $14,750 for any information leading to solving the case.

The new funds are the result of a fundraiser by business owner and neighbor, who lives near the  Englebert’s ranch outside Edgemont, South Dakota, and who also lost a son in an ATV accident.

Ironically, Englebert had taken the young boy’s loss hard, asking his mother how a parent goes on after losing a child. He didn’t think he could take the pain, he told his mom.

“I told him it’s the best and hardest job you’ll ever had,” Dawn said, thanking her community and all the people who are helping to help bring Chance home.

“His family and community need him home,” she said. “We will complete the puzzle yet, and Chance will be where he belongs.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gering Police Department at (308) 436-5088 or private investigator Amanda Waldron at (307) 797-0363 or the We Help the Missing tip line at (866) 660-4025.  Tips can remain anonymous.

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September Ends With No Sign Of Laundrie; FBI, Dog The Bounty Hunter Continue Search

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

After two weeks of searching, law enforcement officers still have not found Brian Laundrie, the fiance of Gabby Petito, whose remains were found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest earlier this month.

Laundrie was reported missing from his Florida home by his parents on September 17. Petito’s remains were found two days later in Wyoming, nearly a month after she was last seen. Her death has been ruled a homicide, although Laundrie has not been formally accused of her death, but is considered a person of interest.

Petito and Laundrie had been traveling the country in a van. On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned to his home in Florida with the fan and without Petito. She was reported missing on Sept. 11.

A warrant has been issued for Laundrie’s arrest by the federal court in Cheyenne. The warrant does not accuse Laundrie of any role in Petito’s death, but accuses of him of unlawfully using a credit card in the days following her disappearance.

Police from various departments are searching for Laundrie. The case has also attracted national attention, meaning that the FBI and even reality star Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman have gotten involved in the search for Laundrie.

According to CNN, the extent of Laundrie’s parents’ involvement in his disappearance is still up in the air, but a former FBI special agent said the family would have had 10 days to two weeks to plan out how we would slip away from police.

CNN also reported that the Laundrie family stayed at a Florida campground between Sept. 6 and 8, about 75 miles from their North Port home. He also purchased a new cell phone during this time.

The U.S. Sun reported that Chapman has found personal items he believes may belong to Laundrie while searching in Fort De Soto Park in Florida, which spans more than 1,100 acres. He also claimed on Wednesday that he was “closing in” on Laundrie’s location.

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Police, Family Seeking Information About Missing Casper Man Last Seen In August 

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By Jennifer Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

Law enforcement and family members are seeking the public’s help in locating a 39-year-old Casper man who has been missing for more than three weeks.

Darren Thunehorst was last seen at the end of August at his former address on A Street in Casper, according to a Tuesday post on the Casper Police Department’s Facebook page.

Thunehorst has missed work and other important events he typically would not miss, his sister Aha Rha said on a Facebook post on the “Missing People of Wyoming” page.

She added he has not contacted family or friends and is not receiving calls on his phone.

“We are very concerned,” she said.

The Casper Police Department did not immediately respond to request for comment prior to publication.

Thunehorst is described as 5 feet, 10-inches tall with red hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Casper Police Department at (307) 235-8278.

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Missing Casper Man Found Dead, Police Investigating As Murder

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The body of a Casper man who has been missing since June was found in Natrona County this week and authorities are investigating his death as a homicide.

Ryan Schroeder’s body was discovered in rural Natrona County this week, according to the Casper Police Department. He was 36, a father and grandfather.

“The Casper Police Department extends our deepest condolences to the loved ones of Ryan Schroeder and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure justice is served,” the department said in a statement.

Schroeder was last heard from on June 26 after reportedly being dropped off a convenience store in the Denver area by a friend.

Detectives, in a statement Thursday, said based on interviews with individuals who had been with Schroeder in the days leading up to his disappearance, they do not believe Schroeder’s death was the result of a random attack. However, officials also said they do not believe the death poses any threat to the public.

Schroeder’s sisters, Allyson Schroeder and Cassidy Dieguez, told Cowboy State Daily in August they believe their brother actually returned to Wyoming after the second of two trips to Colorado.

However, officers had said they did not believe Schroeder returned to Wyoming.

Anyone with information on Schroeder’s death can call the Casper Police Department at 307-235-8278. Tips can also be reported anonymously and that person may be eligible for a monetary reward by reporting through Crime Stoppers of Central Wyoming by calling (307) 577-8477 or online at crime-stoppers.com. 

Schroeder’s case has also been taken up by private investigator Amanda Waldron of “We Help the Missing,” a nonprofit organization founded in Utah with volunteers all over the country, CSD previously reported.

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Search Continues For Casper Man Missing Since June

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By Jennifer Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

The Casper Police Department continues to seek the public’s help in locating a 36-year-old Casper man who has been missing for nearly two months.

Ryan Schroeder was last heard from on June 26 after reportedly being dropped off a convenience store in the Denver area by a friend.

While Schroeder’s sisters, Allyson Schroeder and Cassidy Dieguez, said Sunday they believe their brother actually returned to Wyoming after the second of two trips to Colorado, investigators don’t believe he returned to Wyoming after June 26.

His family fears that Schroeder is in danger, his sisters said, and they are gravely worried about his safety and ask the public for help.

“If this was someone else’s loved one, they’d want that person to come forward with any information,” Allyson Schroeder said.

Schroeder is more than just a face on a poster, Dieguez added, noting that he’s a father and grandfather and that his children and family love and miss him greatly. 

Schroeder’s whereabouts are being actively investigated by multiple law agencies both in Wyoming and in Colorado, according to Casper Police Department Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd, who urges anyone with information to come forward. 

Schroeder’s case has also been taken up by private investigator Amanda Waldron of “We Help the Missing,” a nonprofit organization founded in Utah with volunteers all over the country.

Schroeder is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 190 to 200 pounds. He has brown thinning hair, a short beard and blue eyes. He also has multiple tattoos on his left arm, including an American flag, a pistol and math equations as well as a green skull and numbers on his left hand and fingers and a cross and angel wings on his right arm. 

Schroeder typically wears a T-shirt, khaki shorts, tennis shoes, and a baseball cap. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Casper Police Department Detective Shannon Daley at (307) 235-8278 or e-mail at sdaley@casperwy.gov

Tips can also be reported anonymously and that person may be eligible for a monetary reward by reporting through Crime Stoppers of Central Wyoming by calling (307) 577-8477 or online at crime-stoppers.com. 

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to the We Help the Missing tip line at (866) 660-4025.

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Cheyenne Man Disappeared In Wind River Mountains Over Weekend

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Sublette County officials were searching Monday for a Cheyenne man who disappeared while hiking in the Wind River Mountains over the weekend.

Thor Hallingbye, 41, was last seen in the vicinity of Gannett Peak in the mountain range near Pinedale on Saturday afternoon. He was last seen wearing a red backpack.

According to a social media post by his wife, Jenileah Hallingbye, Thor got separated from his group after summiting Gannett Peak. He was last seen around 2 p.m. Saturday, “about 30 minutes from the top.”

She noted that the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office will be using helicopters to search for her husband on Monday.

“Please say prayers for Thor,” she wrote. “Please pray that he is safe and that he will be found. We have faith that he is okay.”

Hallingbye is 5-foot, 7-inches, 125 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information regarding Hallingbye’s disappearance should call the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office at 307-367-4378.

This is not the first person to have disappeared following recreating in the remote areas of Wyoming. Jackson resident Cian McLaughlin was last seen hiking in Grand Teton National Park in early June, but has not been seen since.

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Search Continues For Missing Casper Man

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By Jen Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

Law enforcement officials are looking for a Casper man who has been missing for almost a month and was last seen at a convenience store in Denver.

His family insists it’s not like Ryan Schroeder to stay away from home this long without checking in with his mom and young daughter. 

The 36-year-year old Schroeder was last seen on June 24 when his friend dropped him off at a convenience store in Denver and the only tip so far to emerge is a possible sighting of him in Fort Collins, Colorado, which has not yet been substantiated. 

The fact that he isn’t answering his family’s phone calls or Facebook messages is of great concern to his cousin Sheri Schroeder, who reiterated that this behavior is far out of line for the man who has never been gone for so long and who always checks in with his family. 

She has a message for Schroeder: His family loves him and so many people are out there right now looking for him. “I don’t think he knows how many people care about him or how much he is loved,” she told Cowboy State Daily on Monday. 

Schroeder’s family reported him missing to the Casper Police Department on July 8, according to Rebekah Ladd, public information officer with the department. 

“Since then, officers have interviewed the individual who reported him missing as well as multiple individuals who had been physically with Schroeder recently,” she said. 

The department has also sent queries to law enforcement agencies nationally seeking any possible contacts with Schroeder. No such contacts have been reported.

“The (Casper) detective continues to actively investigate this case and conduct inquiries as to the location of Schroeder,” Ladd said.

Schroeder’s case has also been taken up by private investigator Amanda Waldron of “We Help the Missing,” a nonprofit organization founded in Utah with volunteers all over the country.

Schroeder is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 190 to 200 pounds with brown thinning hair, a short beard and blue eyes. He also has multiple tattoos on his left arm including an American flag, a pistol and math equations as well as a green skull and numbers on his left hand and fingers and a cross and angel wings on his right arm. 

Schroeder typically wears a T-shirt, khaki shorts, tennis shoes, and a baseball cap. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Casper Police Department at (307) 235-8278 or private investigator Amanda Waldron (307) 235-8278.

Tips can also be submitted to the We Help the Missing tip line at (866) 660-4025.

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Grand Teton Search Efforts For Irish Man Scaled Back Almost Two Weeks After Disappearance

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

After being missing for almost two weeks, Grand Teton National Park officials are scaling back the search efforts for 27-year-old Cian McLaughlin.

The decision to move to a “continuous but limited” search for the Dublin native would have been a difficult one for park officials to make, according to a former assistant secretary for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who also served as a park ranger.

“From my experience in the parks service, they take missing and injured visitors very seriously,” he told Cowboy State Daily on Monday. “The parks staff are well-trained and equipped to search for people.”

It was believed McLaughlin intended to go hiking early last week. He was last seen at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, about one-half mile from the Lupine Meadows Trailhead, where his vehicle was found Sunday.

On Wednesday, rangers received a report of someone seeing a man fitting McLaughlin’s description around 3:45 p.m. on June 8 hiking up the Garnet Canyon trail, so search teams began to look in that area late last week.

Since McLaughlin disappeared, up to 70 park staff per day have been involved in the search for him, which has included the use of helicopters, dog teams and special rescue teams scaling the park’s steep mountainsides.

However, since no one has found a trace of McLaughlin in a week, Wallace said park officials had to make the decision to scale back efforts.

“At some point, you’ve done everything you know how to do,” he said. “I know the team here is top-notch and have done everything they’ve can to look for him. Your heart just goes out to his friends and family who are anxiously waiting to hear anything.”

The scaled back search will involve park staff continuing to investigate new clues as they are presented and patrolling the park’s backcountry for signs of McLaughlin.

Wallace said while it is not uncommon for people to be reported as missing in the parks, due either to getting lost or becoming injured, it is more unusual for them not to be found at all.

“Having been a park ranger in this area, I know that this has been a top, professional effort to find this gentleman,” Wallace said.

McLaughlin works as a snowboard instructor in Jackson, a job he has held since December.

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Fundraiser Organized to Bring Missing Man’s Family to Wyoming

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A fundraiser has been organized to help bring to Wyoming the family of an Irish man missing in Grand Teton National Park since last week.

Cian McLaughlin, 27, was reported missing late Saturday night after he failed to show up at job Thursday.

Members of McLaughlin’s family plan to come to the United States this week from Ireland.

“His mother Gráinne and her partner are travelling out to Wyoming on Wednesday 16th June,” said a GoFundMe page set up for McLaughlin’s family. “We have set up this Gofundme to help with travel and accommodation costs and any contingencies.”

The fundraiser has garnered more than $11,000 in U.S. currency.

It was believed McLaughlin intended to go hiking early last week and was last seen at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, about one-half mile from the Lupine Meadows Trailhead, where his vehicle was found Sunday.

Park staff found McLaughlin’s vehicle when they surveyed trailhead locations within the park early Sunday morning.

McLaughlin is 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes. He has an Irish accent and would be considered thin or fit.

Updated information provided by park staff noted that McLaughlin was wearing a cutoff tank top and shorts, both of an unknown color, a bucket hat and round sunglasses. He wasn’t wearing a backpack.

According to an article by the Irish Times, McLaughlin is a Dublin native who works as a snowboard instructor in Jackson. The newspaper also noted his Facebook page said he started working at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort last December and that he previously lived in the French ski resort of Chamonix.

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Grand Teton National Park Officials Looking For Missing Hiker

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Grand Teton National Park officials continued their search Monday for a missing man whose vehicle was found in the park over the weekend.

Cian McLaughlin, 27, was reported missing late Saturday night after he failed to show up at his place of employment on Thursday.

It was believed McLaughlin intended to go hiking earlier in the week. Park staff surveyed trailhead locations within the park early Sunday morning and located McLaughlin’s vehicle at the Lupine Meadows Trailhead.

Information provided Monday afternoon noted that McLaughlin was last seen around 2:30 p.m. on June 8 about a half mile from the Lupine Meadows Trailhead, where his vehicle was found on Sunday, and was hiking to an unknown destination.

McLaughlin’s plans for his hike were not known, so a ground and aerial search was immediately initiated in areas where he may have been hiking.

Anyone who has traveled in the Teton backcountry since June 8 may have seen McLaughlin. He could have been hiking in the Garnet, Surprise, Amphitheater, Delta or Taggart Lakes areas.

McLaughlin is 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes. He has an Irish accent and would be considered thin or fit.

Updated information provided by park staff noted that McLaughlin was wearing a cutoff tank top and shorts, both of an unknown color, a bucket hat and round sunglasses. He wasn’t wearing a backpack.

Anyone with information about McLaughlin should contact the National Park Service’s investigative services branch at 888-653-0009 (call or text) or visits www.nps.gov/ISB and click “submit a tip.”

Over 40 park staff were conducting ground searches in the backcountry as of Monday, along with four local search and rescue dog teams and members of the Teton County Search and Rescue team.

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