Update on Sublette County missing person case from 2017

    (Pinedale, WY) – The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) shared information today, June 30th, in regard to an ongoing missing person case from 2017.

    61-year-old Vanessa “Nessy” Orren, of LaBarge, was reported missing to the SCSO in January 2017. Her disappearance has been an active investigation since the report was made, according to the press release.

    SCSO detectives obtained a search warrant to search the property belonging to Darrell “Pete” Petry for any evidence relating to Orren’s disappearance – information about how Petry’s property related to the case was not shared nor was the date the search warrant was obtained.


    The SCSO search warrant was executed on June 19th, 2021, with the assistance of multiple agencies including NecroSearch, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming Game and Fish, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

    During the multi-day execution of the search warrant, Petry left the property and was found deceased last week, on June 22nd, by SCSO deputies and WHP. 

    The SCSO conducted a subsequent investigation into his death which determined it was self-inflicted and no foul play was suspected.

    They are still actively investigating Orren’s disappearance. She is entered into both the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) and the NamUs (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System).


    The Sublette County Sheriff’s requests anyone with any information related to the disappearance of Orren to please contact their Detective Division at (307) 367-4378.

    h/t SCSO – Vanessa Orren



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