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Still no sign of missing man; canal to be lowered

May 15, 2013 - From staff reports

Officials planned to lower water levels in the Wyoming Canal on Wednesday morning to help in the search for Curtis LeClair, 62, of Ethete, who has been missing since early Friday.

Initial reports state LeClair left the area of 532 Diversion Dam Road on foot at about 2:30 a.m. Friday. Crews have been looking for him since Saturday afternoon, focusing on nine miles of canal between Diversion Dam and Pilot Butte Reservoir.

Fremont County Sheriff Skip Hornecker said he doesn't know whether LeClair actually fell into the canal, but "strong indications" have led investigators to that conclusion.

"Without any other evidence to the contrary we will exhaust all efforts to locate Mr. LeClair within the waters of the canal," Hornecker said. "Search options are diminishing, but we hope that decreasing the water today will provide positive results."

He said officials may utilize sonar equipment to aid in the search if LeClair doesn't show up soon.

The canal recently was filled with water for the coming irrigation season and is running at near-maximum depth and swift

current.

According to reports, LeClair wears glasses and has gray hair. He was last seen wearing a white, long-sleeved shirt with blue stripes, Wrangler jeans and boots.

The FCSO initiated a cursory search with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and LeClair's family members on Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday a "more concentrated" search was conducted in the area where LeClair was last seen.

Riverton search and rescue volunteers joined in on Sunday afternoon, along with the tribal Fish and Game Department and the Dubois search and rescue team.

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