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Authorities search North Platte, along Highway 92 for missing Wyoming man

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Authorities looking for a missing Wyoming man searched the North Platte River and local railroad tracks in an attempt to locate the man.

Baylee Englebert of Moorcroft, Wyoming, reported her husband, Chance, as missing over the weekend. Englebert told the Star-Herald that Chance had been missing since Saturday, about 7-7:30 p.m.

Gering Police Capt. Jason Rogers confirmed to the Star-Herald that authorities are “actively searching along the North Platte River and railroad property.” On Monday, Scottsbluff Fire Department dive team members were spotted searching along the North Platte River. By mid-afternoon, law enforcement and emergency personnel had gathered near the North Platte River Bridge on Avenue I, at Owl Road.

The search had temporarily been called off due to lightning and rain at about 3:30 p.m. Monday At about 5 p.m., members of the Scotts Bluff County CERT team and others had re-convened, searching along railroad tracks along Highway 92 from Avenue I west to County Road 18.

“Unless we get new information, this is probably as far northwest as we’re going to go,” Rogers told the Star-Herald. We’re trying to do the best we can with the information we’ve got.”

Rogers said that searchers would work until about 8 p.m. and then gather again Tuesday morning to continue the search, working in a grid pattern.

Rogers also said that Air Link had assisted, doing a flyover in areas of the county.

Chance and Baylee Englebert had been visiting Englebert’s grandparents, Baylee Englebert told the Star-Herald Monday morning. The woman said her husband had become upset and left the home, walking west in the 700 block of O Street. The woman said she went looking for her husband but was unable to locate him. When she last talked to her husband, she said, he had told her he was walking south toward Kimball, but he had also contacted friends and said he was walking toward Torrington.

Englebert said that the last time anyone heard from Chance Englebert was about 8:46 p.m. Saturday.

“The family is obviously concerned that there has been no contact in the last day and a half,” Rogers said Monday morning.

Englebert said it is out of character for her husband to be missing when he had been expecting to start a new job today and she believes he would not have left his newborn son.

Anybody with information on Englebert's whereabouts should call the Gering Police Department at 436-5089.

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