(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department reported Monday that a Search and Rescue Mission began Friday night around 11 :00 p.m. ended successfully on Sunday with the return of two Riverton men who went for a drive and failed to return. Captain Ryan Lee said the men failed to return from
 a day trip in the South Pass area as they told family members they would. Lee said 57-year -old Dale Smith
and 58-year-old David Smith were supposed to return from their trip at 7:00 p.m. that night and had failed to do so.

In a news release issued Monday, Lee said several teams were hastily organized Friday night to look in the area that night and throughout the Saturday morning in the South Pass area. Weather 
conditions hampered the search.

“Most roads in the area during this time of year are inaccessible by vehicle; however there are a multitude of
roads and areas that had to be checked out,” Lee said. The search continued through Saturday without success. The
 actual search area intensified further east on Saturday as most of the areas in and around South Pass had been 
checked out he said in the release.  Fixed wing aircraft were utilized to search most of the mountain area when weather conditions
 permitted.

On Sunday a helicopter out of Worland joined the search, which had now expanded to the Jeffrey City area. The
 helicopter crew located the men’s vehicle around noon on the Bison Basin Road near Picket Lake, some 25 miles 
south of the Highway 789 and Sweetwater Station area; the men were not with the vehicle.”The missing men called
 from the Sweetwater Station Rest area about 30 minutes after crews located their vehicle to report they had been
 rescued by an oilfield truck after walking about five miles Sunday morning,” Lee said. The men were in good condition, they 
were not injured. ”They went a different direction than what they had told family members.” He said their truck became stuck Friday 
afternoon in a large snow drift.

“The Sheriff’s Office urges residents using the vast areas of Fremont County to plan a route, notify someone were 
you are going, and stick to the plan,” he said. “If something happens we can reach you much quicker when we have a 
general idea of where to start looking.”