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A Sweetwater County man who went on his daily walk Saturday morning hasn't been seen since.

Rock Springs Police Sgt. Tim Robinson said officers are trying to find 72-year old Jean Baptiste Soule.

Police do not suspect foul play at this time, Robinson said in a phone interview Monday.

The retired Soule was last seen leaving his Rock Springs residence around 8 a.m. and heading toward White Mountain, Robinson said.

He said police were notified around 5:30 p.m. Saturday by relatives that Soule had not returned home.

Local and county law enforcement and search and rescue personnel scoured the area Saturday evening, but high winds and driving snow halted the effort.

The search resumed early Sunday morning utilizing personnel from multiple agencies and trained search dogs from Wyoming and Utah.

However, high winds and snow again halted search efforts around 6 p.m., Robinson said.

Robinson called Soule an "avid walker" who is known to walk up to 30 miles a day.

"Almost everybody recognizes this man ... he's one of those guys who walks all over town and he's pretty well known because he's been walking city roads for 20 years or more," said Robinson.

Robinson said Soule had been in excellent health but recently complained of feeling ill.

Robinson said a witness contacted authorities after seeing a flier about the missing man at the local recreation center.

The witness advised police that he'd seen Soule on a residential street about 5 p.m. Saturday, approximately five blocks from Soule's residence on Pinto Street.

He told police that Soule appeared to be extremely exhausted and was walking in the direction of his home.

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Robinson said an extensive search of the area yielded no leads.

"We also got a tip from somebody who saw him up on White Mountain that morning," Robinson said, noting that detectives were investigating the tip Monday afternoon.

Soule was last seen wearing a black winter coat with red or red plaid vertical stripes on the front, gray or blue pants, and a black beret.

Robinson requested that anyone with information that may assist in locating Soule call 307-352-1575.

Contact southwest Wyoming bureau reporter Jeff Gearino at 307-875-5359 or gearino@tribcsp.com

 

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