Update as of 12:45 central: According to Bear Lodge Resort, search and rescue teams continued to look for five North Dakota men last seen around 3:30pm Thursday. The men were riding snowmobiles in the Big Horn Mountains. The lodge sent out its last update on the search about 7:00am. Read below for more details on the story and a link to the Bear Lodge Resort Facebook page.
A search and rescue mission is underway in Wyoming for five missing men from North Dakota.
The men include two father-son combos from the Turtle Lake- Mercer area and a fifth man from Washburn who were snowmobiling in the Bighorn Mountains.
Lt. Mark Conrad with the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office says search and rescue teams were called out around 4:40 this morning.
The five men were last seen around 3:30 Thursday afternoon at a lodge about twenty miles from where they were staying.
Conrad says the men are described as experienced with good machines.
Conrad says conditions in the area are bad and are supposed to get worse in the next couple of days with high winds and blowing snow.
The men did mention two routes they may take back to where they are staying--and rescue efforts are concentrated on those areas.
Five teams totaling more than twenty people from three counties are actively searching for the men.
Conrad says he's very concerned and that these missions typically wrap up in twelve hours.
He says he hopes the men are hunkered down waiting out the storm.
Conrad says they will search until the men are found. He says they do have access to planes and helicopters but that they won't fly in current conditions.
He says they're looking for a fire or one of the snowmobiles.
Authorities say the men are: James and Jaren Murray and Rod Schilling and Dusty Schlichting from the Turtle Lake-Mercer area and Chad Tweeten from Washburn.
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