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Man kills himself amid search in Wyoming missing woman case

July 1, 2021 GMT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man killed himself after authorities began searching his property for a woman missing since 2017.

Authorities started searching the Sublette County property of Darrell “Pete” Petry on June 19, seeking evidence related to the disappearance of Vanessa “Nessy” Orren, 61, of LaBarge.

Petry left the property on the second day of the search and was later found dead, Sublette County sheriff’s officials said in a statement Wednesday.

Investigators determined Petry died by suicide.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Travis Bingham declined to release more details because the case was still under investigation, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

“He wasn’t under arrest at the time,” Bingham said. “He was still free to come and go.”

Orren’s disappearance was still being investigated and anyone with information should call investigators at (307) 367-4378, sheriff’s officials said.