Search continues for missing Casper teen; Volunteers and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children helping

Investigator Taylor Courtney gives an update about new resources that are helping search for Joey Peterson.

CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) The search continues for 16-year-old Joey Peterson who left his home on foot on the morning of Nov. 10. Resources to find him that are still being used are K-9 units, multiple agencies, people on horseback, drones and hundreds of volunteers from the community. 228 square miles have been searched.

Deputies say they know the direction Joey went when he left his home and add that they don’t have any indication that he went to the road looking for a ride or went anywhere near the interstate.

Taylor Courtney, Natrona County Sheriff's Office Investigator, said they are respecting the Peterson family’s wishes and taking volunteers from the community. However, it is mandatory for these volunteers to check-in at the command post and be properly outfitted for the conditions.
Another concern, he adds, is trespassing.

“Searchers are required to abide by state statutes regarding trespassing. All search efforts must go through the command post,” Courtney said.

He adds they don’t need any more donations to accommodate these volunteers.

A representative from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a new resource brought in. Courtney says this representative is helping them create a poster to put in public places around the state and suggesting other resources that could be used for the search.

Joey Peterson was last seen wearing pajamas and possibly without shoes. He is described as 5 foot 9 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds.