Friends of Kristi Richardson, who was reported missing from her home on Oct. 7, are inviting people to conduct a search on Casper Mountain on Saturday.

"Casper Police Department has no reason to believe Kris is on the mountain but they have nothing that says she isn’t," according to a press release on Friday from Tim Cortez of Casper Fire-EMS, who coordinated the search near her home on East 24th Street last week.

"As we all know, the ground on the mountain will be covered with snow until late spring in the next few weeks," Cortez said. "We want to take this opportunity with the nice weather to do a primary search of the area. This will not be a slow grid search but a quick search of areas immediate to roads and trails."

People will want to enjoy the outdoors and keep Richardson in their thoughts, he wrote. "By having this search, we can satisfy both groups with a worthwhile mission."

The search of the mountain will be conducted mostly with all-terrain vehicles. Some trails can be hiked or biked.

The search group will meet at Bear Trap Meadow at 10 a.m. Saturday. The search will be finished before 4 p.m., but people can leave whenever they want.

Casper Mountain Fire Department will have volunteers on hand to help supervise and organize the search.

For those who want to participate, please consider:

  • Proper Clothing and footwear.
  • Hunter Orange clothing if you have it.
  • Sack lunch/snacks/drinks.
  • Fuel if you are using an ATV.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Cell phone.

Most of the area is private property, so the search group will not stray far from the trails.  Search supervisors will provide safety information and coordination. Everything else will be the responsibility of the volunteers.

Richardson, 61, is 5-feet, 4-inches tall and weighs less than 100 pounds.

Her last known contact was 7:45 p.m. Oct. 6 with a member of her company, according to court records.

Casper Police have searched her house and office at Richardson Trucking.

Last week, police Capt. Steve Freel said investigators are looking at her disappearance from the angle of a person who walked away from her house to the angle that it could potentially turn into a criminal investigation.

Cortez wrote in the press release that friends and family will monitor the investigation.

"If anything new develops, we will adjust the search area and parameters accordingly," he wrote.

For more information contact Tim Cortez at 259-2507, and at Twitter: @ChiefTCortez

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