Search Scaled Back for Missing Nebraska Man

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Date: July 19, 2015
Contact: Christine Czazasty, 605-433-5240

On Sunday afternoon, the interagency search and rescue leaders made the difficult decision to reduce the scale of the search efforts for Joshua Jacobsen, age 39, of Laurel Nebraska. Badlands National Park was notified Thursday morning that Jacobsen was missing.

Park Rangers identified Jacobsen’s vehicle in the Sage Creek Campground on Friday morning, July17 and began a search of the area. A multi-agency search continued in the Sage Creek Wilderness area the following day. On Sunday, the search focused in the Conata Basin area. Ground personnel, search dog teams and a helicopter combed an extensive portion of the 64,000 acre wilderness area, including US Forest Service and private lands. More than 50 people were involved including members of the Custer County Search and Rescue, Pennington County Search and Rescue, Wall Fire Department, Rapid City Fire Department Canine Unit, Pennington County Sherriff’s Office, South Dakota National Guard, U.S. Forest Service, and Badlands staff.

Throughout the search, park officials found no evidence to suggest his direction of travel. “We have explored all the probable areas Mr. Jacobsen may have been in, but none of the areas produced any leads,” stated Park Ranger Dan Baker, head of the search effort.

While the major search has been scaled back, park rangers will continue to work with the family and search for Jacobsen over the coming days.

Last updated: July 20, 2015

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