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Thirteen issued citations in weekend party
May 7, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
A 15-year-old Worland girl went missing Friday evening after Fremont County Sheriff's deputies discovered an underage drinking party on East Fork Road northeast of Dubois.
Officials said the girl was located uninjured early Saturday after local search and rescue volunteers were called to help find her. The teen and 11 other juveniles were issued citations for underage drinking and interference with law enforcement, and one 22-year-old was cited for furnishing alcohol to minors and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Deputies were called to the East Fork Road area around 10:30 p.m. Friday when a woman about eight miles north of U.S. Highway 26 reported that a car and a truck were "speeding past her residence throwing out beer cans."
A deputy arrived in the immediate area and reportedly located an underage drinking party. When the deputy attempted to make contact with the people involved, they reportedly fled the area on foot.
Several of the youth were found within the first couple of hours according to officials, who said the children were uncooperative with deputies and wouldn't reveal how many other people were involved.
At about 3 a.m. Saturday, officials said they learned that the 15-year-old Worland girl was missing.
"Her shoes were located near the campfire, and we were told she was only wearing a sweatshirt," Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said in a press release.
Due to cold weather, deputies decided to notify Fremont County Search and Rescue volunteers about the missing girl at about 4:45 a.m. Saturday. They also called the Dubois Fire Department and Red Fyler of Atlantic City, who brought his hound dog to help. Initial reports refer to the situation as "urgent at this time."
The team reportedly found the girl at about 7 a.m. Saturday, prior to the arrival of the hound.
"She was found alone, without any shoes on, and very cold," Lee said. "I am glad that someone eventually mentioned the young woman was missing."
The girl was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital to be treated for mild signs of hypothermia. Officials said she was reunited with her parents in Riverton.
The last missing youth involved in the incident was found at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday by his father, who reportedly had arrived in the area looking for his son after the 17-year-old failed to return home.
"It was a long night for the deputies and volunteers," Lee said.
Only one person at the party was of legal drinking age: Jacob Unger, 22, of Dubois. He was cited for allegedly furnishing alcohol to minors, interfering with deputies and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Six other adults also were issued citations. Tyrell Finley, 19, of Dubois, was cited for minor under the influence; Jade Hathaway, 19, of Dubois, was cited for MUI; Holly Dennis, 18, of Dubois, was cited for MUI and interference; Matt Rohovie, 18, of Dubois, was cited for MUI and interference; Cody Flynn, 18, of Dubois, was cited for interference; and Stephen Hanson, 18, of Dubois, was cited for MUI and interference.
"Some of the youth involved were cooperative with police, and some were not," Lee said.
Six minors were issued similar citations, including one 14-year-old Dubois girl, the 15-year-old from Worland, two 15-year-old Dubois boys and two 17-year-old Dubois boys.
One more 18-year-old man is alleged to have been involved; officials said he was never located but was observed "running off."
"He has yet to be served citations, and an arrest warrant will be pending," Lee said.