Snow storm strands multiple motorists, including one pair for more than 10 hours

Fremont County Search and Rescue Crews experienced three separate search operations in the eastern portion of Fremont County Monday night and into early Tuesday morning. Blowing and drifting snow closed many secondary roadways in the Jeffrey City and Gas Hill's areas, stranding three separate motorists in a 12 hour period. The first incident occurred on the Crooks Gap Road south of Jeffrey City around 4:00PM when the Sheriff was notified that a worker traveling from Wamsutter to Jeffrey City never arrived at his destination. Fellow employees of the missing man were only able to search 38 miles of the roadway until they were unable to proceed any further north, leaving about 12 miles of roadway unchecked between Jeffrey City and the County line. Due to very harsh winter conditions including 25 MPH winds and blowing snow, volunteers were unable to utilize snow machines to search the roadway and had to rely on upon 4WD trucks which eventually were ineffective in breaking through the drifts. The man was eventually rescued around midnight after a Sno-Cat was graciously obtained from High Plains Power. The 35 year old Lander man had stayed with his vehicle; he was found without injury and taken back to Jeffrey City. The Fremont County Sheriff's Office would like to thank High Plains Power for their rapid response to this situation with their equipment and two operators. "We contacted High Plains for their assistance; they did not hesitate and went into action immediately," Undersheriff Ryan Lee said. Just as the first man was rescued on Crooks Gap Road, the Sheriff's Office received a report of an overdue 53-year-old Jeffrey City man and a 10-year-old girl. It had been reported that the two had left Lander en-route to Jeffrey City and never made it. According to information received by County 10, the pair left Lander at about 5 p.m. on Monday. After some investigation it was determined the man had probably taken Wyoming Highway 136 (Gas Hills Road) out of Riverton in an attempt to reach Jeffrey City, due to the closure of Wyoming Highway 789. The lead paid off and the two were located un-harmed about 40 miles east of Riverton on the Gas Hills Road around 3:50 AM on Tuesday. The man's vehicle had slid off the roadway and become stuck at that location for several hours. Just as those two were located the Sheriff's Office received a third call from the Natrona County Sheriff, reporting that a man was stuck on the Dry Creek Road between Waltman and GasHills. Fremont County personnel began to work their way north while Natrona County worked their way south. The man was located by Natrona County Search and Rescue around 5:00 AM, half a mile inside of Fremont County; he was reported to be okay. No further information about his age or residency was available. *File photo* #county10 #news