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Gillette woman remains missing as search enters day 6

(Ryan Lewallen/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The whereabouts of a missing Gillette woman remain unknown as a multi-agency search-and-rescue operation spanning several days continues Thursday, according to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office. 

Tami L. Sturgeon, 55, has been missing since she disappeared on March 23 while searching for her missing phone and failed to reunite with her 60-year-old husband south of Bishop Road, per the sheriff’s office. Her disappearance sparked a multi-day search-and-rescue operation drawing resources from multiple agencies that, as of March 28, have not managed to locate her. 

“The ever-changing weather conditions this week have presented challenges for search teams who have had to adapt their strategies accordingly,” the sheriff’s office said in a March 28 update. “It is important to emphasize that this remains a search and rescue operation.”

Additionally, while Sturgeon’s phone was located in the side-by-side that she and her husband took to the location of her disappearance, there is no evidence to suggest she was harmed, the sheriff’s office says, adding that any rumors to the contrary are unhelpful and that her family continues to cooperate and is actively assisting in the search. 

Since the start of the operation, the search has utilized thermal imaging, drones, helicopters and canines to no avail. As of March 28, searchers have changed gears to begin a meticulous and methodical grid search spanning public and private land. 

Campbell County Sheriff Scott Matheny told reporters that the search effort will not continue indefinitely and that the personnel on the ground evaluate the situation daily to determine the next steps. 

“To ensure a coordinated and respectful effort, the public is asked to refrain from independent searches,” the update states. “Please contact the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office to inquire about ways to assist; this helps to guarantee search efforts remain coordinated, respects the family and landowners, and saves valuable time.”