Search continues for Garrett Bardin
June 30, 2008
Update Monday, June 30, 2008, 3:00 PM – Media release from the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office for what happened over the weekend:
The search continued over the weekend for Garrett Bardin, 24, of Pinedale.
Bardin was reported missing by his family on June 24th. At about 4:30 PM on the 24th, his vehicle, a silver 2006 Lincoln 4x4 pickup, was found by sheriff’s deputies approximately two miles from the old Dutch Joe Guard Station in the Wind River Mountains about 35 miles southeast of Pinedale.
The subsequent search effort by the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers of Tip Top Search & Rescue has so far produced negative results. Search strategies to date have included a shoulder-to-shoulder search for a radius of over a mile from the location where Bardin’s pickup was found, the use of scent-tracking dogs, and on-foot, motorized, and aerial searches extending out some 20 miles.
Complicating the search for Bardin is the presence of the Rainbow Family gathering near the old Dutch Joe Guard Station. Officials estimate that, as of Monday morning, about 3,500 people, most of them members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light, have congregated in the mountains on or near the southeastern reaches of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
A number of purported sightings of Bardin, all unconfirmed and many anonymous, have been received by the Sheriff’s Office; none so far have produced tangible results.
Garrett Bardin is a 24-year-old white male, 5'11" in height, weighs 175 pounds, and has short brown hair and hazel eyes.
For more information contact Detective Dick Blust, Jr. - Public Information Officer. (307) 367-4894, (307) 367-4378, (307) 350-4016.
Editor’s Note: Detective Blust added, “At this time the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office has no indication of foul play in this investigation.” He said the search is ongoing and will continue. Members of Tip Top Search and Rescue, Sheriff’s deputies, family members and friends are still out looking for any sign of Garrett.