GERING — Nearly two weeks after a Wyoming man was last seen, investigators say the man has not made contact with friends or relatives.
Chance Englebert, 25, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, has not been seen or heard from since Saturday, July 6. Englebert left a Gering residence in the 400 block of O Street, leaving at about 7:30 p.m. after becoming upset during a disagreement with his wife, Baylee. The couple had been staying at a relative’s home.
Gering Police Investigator Shawn West told the Star-Herald police have received tips of reported sightings of Englebert from Omaha to Casper, Wyoming. Some have included reported sightings on Interstate 80, on the sides of roadways, and even in a Casper, Wyoming, Walmart. However, West said, all of those reported sightings have been investigated and police have either been unable to confirm them, as in the reported sightings along roadways, or were not Englebert.
Locally, law enforcement also received sightings of Englebert over the weekend, some at Oregon Trail Days activities, but all of those sightings were reviewed and were not Englebert, West said.
“Our last known recorded sighting of Chance remains on Martha Road and 10th Street (at about 7:51 p.m. on July 6),” he said. “We have had a sighting of him reported by a witness who saw him on the south side of Terry’s Lake a few minutes after.”
West clarified reports that the last known activity from Englebert’s cell phone. Initial reports were that cell phone data shows his phone as last being in the vicinity of Owl Road, south of Western Travel Terminal. However, he said the data comes from an arc that is a couple of miles long, covering an area encompassing Scotts Bluff National Monument property in Gering to West 25th Street in Scottsbluff. During searches last week, he said authorities searched the remote areas and bodies of water, like the North Platte River, in case Engelbert was in those areas. In residential areas, he said, it would be likely that people living in those areas would have seen Englebert, if he were there. Searches in residential areas were to see if they could locate items belonging to Englebert, such as a cell phone.
To date, he said, Englebert has not contacted any family or friends that police are aware of.
“We have done a lot of checking,” he said. “We have contacted people who we thought could have had contact with him, verified accounts, and there has been no contact between him and anyone else that we know of.”
In such cases, he said, there are often rumors that circulate in the community. West said police have followed up on plausible leads, but have not found anything that indicates Englebert may have been the victim of foul play.
Anyone who may have information about Englebert are asked to contact authorities by calling the Scotts Bluff County Communications Center at 308-436-6667. The center is open 24/7 and can contact relevant agencies to act quickly. West said anyone who believes they have seen Englebert or have information are asked to contact police as soon as possible.
“If you see something, don’t wait to call,” he said. “We have had instances where people have debated calling police for hours and it just makes it a little more difficult to verify that information.”