Gering Police are circulating a photo that shows a Wyoming man on the date that he went missing.
Chance Englebert, 25, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, has been missing since Saturday, July 6. The man left a Gering residence in the 400 block of O Street at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Gering Police have said that video surveillance from businesses show him walking northbound on 10th Street, with the last video showing him at a business near Martha Road at about 7:51 p.m. Cell phone data shows his phone as last being in the vicinity of Owl Road, south of the Western Travel Terminal convenience store, at about 10 p.m.
Englebert’s wife, Baylee, says the last time any friends or family members spoke to the man was about 8:45 p.m. Saturday. His family and friends don’t report having heard from him since.
A photo provided Friday shows Englebert on the day of his disappearance. Gering Police Inv. Shawn West said the photo is from an outing to a local golf course on Saturday and shows the clothing Englebert is described as wearing. Englebert is described as wearing a short-sleeved Wrangler shirt, Wrangler jeans, roper boots and a black and white “trucker” cap. He is described as being 5’9” in height, of medium build with sun-lightened brown hair.
Efforts to locate Englebert have been thorough. During the effort, 147 people participated in the ground searches, combing 2,400 acres, and Air Link and the Nebraska State Patrol covered 380 miles by air. Sonar and a K9 were used to search 10 lakes and ponds, in addition to the river, riverfront property and irrigation ditches and canals. Englebert, or property belonging to the man, was not located, but Gering Police Chief George Holthus said officials are relatively certain that Englebert is not in any of the areas searched, primarily in northwest Terrytown and southwest Scottsbluff.
Police have asked anyone who may have seen Englebert or given him a ride on Saturday to contact police. Property owners in the community have also been asked to check outbuildings and other areas that someone may have ducked to get out of stormy weather that occurred Saturday night.
If Englebert is gone on his own accord, Holthus said, there are no criminal repercussions.
The family of Englebert has gathered an estimated $8,000 in rewards for information in the case.
A GoFundMe account, called Finding Chance Englebert, has been set up to benefit Baylee Englebert and the couple's son, Banks.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gering Police Department by calling the Scotts Bluff County Communications Center at 308-436-6666.