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Investigation and search continue for missing Washakie County woman

Inset: Breanna MItchell (Facebook) Background: Gooseberry Badlands near Worland, Wyoming (Shutterstock)

CASPER, Wyo. — The search continues Wednesday in badland terrain south of Worland for a town resident who went missing over the weekend.

Breanna Mitchell was last seen July 22 after her vehicle was reported stuck on Nowater Trail. The vehicle was later found abandoned over five miles down the rugged two-track road that winds through the badlands.

“The bloodhound crew will be going back out [Wednesday] morning to search an area where a boot and a shirt were located,” according to agency updates on social media by Washakie County Sheriff Austin T. Brookwell.

Mitchell is believed to be barefoot; Brookwell said that was common practice for her. He said Mitchell and other residents commonly drive into the badlands for exploration and escape.

Over 20 volunteers joined state aircraft, search-and-rescue personnel, and a K-9 unit on Tuesday evening.

“With all the individuals who were out assisting, along with Civil Air Patrol, Guardian Helicopter, Search and Rescue, and the Bloodhound from Fremont county, we were still unfortunately unable to locate Breanna,” Brookwell wrote late Tuesday. He added that the heat limits use of the K-9 team.

Meanwhile, other deputies continue to conduct interviews to investigate leads and rumors. 

“We are treating this as more than just a missing person, just because we do not know exactly what happened yet,” Brookwell wrote. 

“To the family of Breanna we understand this situation is extremely frustrating, very confusing, and very depressing. We are doing all we can to try and find her,” Brookwell said.

Mitchell is 28 years old.

(Wyoming DCI)