GREEN RIVER, Wyo. — Searchers used bloodhounds Tuesday to search the neighborhoods around the residence of an elderly Sweetwater County man who has been missing since Saturday.
Authorities said officers and search and rescue units are trying to find 72-year-old Jean Baptiste Soule.
A longtime resident of Rock Springs, the retired Soule went on his daily walk Saturday morning on White Mountain and hasn't been seen since.
More than 100 volunteers and nine canines from Wyoming and Utah joined authorities Monday in the search of Soule's last known locations, including the base of White Mountain, areas north of town and Soule's neighborhood.
“We're covering a lot of ground,” Rock Springs Police Sgt. Tim Robinson said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon.
“The bloodhound is going through a couple of the residential areas that are consistent with Mr. Soule's last known path,” Robinson said.
“We're holding off on putting a lot of people out (early Tuesday afternoon) until the dogs give us an idea of where we probably should be searching,” he said. “But there's really no new significant news at this time.”
Police do not suspect foul play, he said.
Soule was last seen leaving his Rock Springs residence around 8 a.m. and heading toward White Mountain. Police were notified around 5:30 p.m. Saturday by relatives that Soule had not returned home.
Local and county officials scoured the area Saturday evening, but high winds and driving snow halted the effort.
The search resumed early Sunday morning, but high winds and blowing snow again halted search efforts in the evening.
Robinson said Soule is an “avid walker” who is known to walk up to 30 miles a day.
The police department established an incident command post at the Rock Springs Family Recreation Center to coordinate search efforts.
Rock Springs officers, volunteers and search personnel spent much of Monday conducting a door-to-door search in Soule's neighborhood, seeking permission to check places where Soule may have sought shelter from the cold.
“We're asking people, particularly those who live in that area, to check their backyards, storage sheds, underneath porches and decks, camp trailers or any vehicles on the property that may be unlocked or open ... any place that a person suffering from hypothermia may actually try to seek some kind of shelter,” he said.
A witness advised police Saturday evening that he'd seen Soule on a residential street around 5 p.m., approximately five blocks from Soule's residence on Pinto Street.
The witness said Soule looked extremely exhausted and was walking in the direction of his home.
“We actually had a canine show some interest in that particular area, which gives us more credence to believe that that's the proper area to be searching,” Robinson said.
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