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By Marcus Huff
Staff Writer 

Lost in America

The Wyoming search for Patrick Combs


June 3, 2017

Marcus Huff

Washakie County Sheriff Steve Rakness instructs volunteers and Search and Rescue personnel before descending into the Honeycombs to search for Patrick Michael Combs, missing since October 2015.

WASHAKIE COUNTY, Wyoming – On June 1, Washakie County Sheriff Steve Rakness adjusted his utility belt and scanned the developing storm clouds to the south, as 20 volunteers and deputies donned their packs and tightened their boot laces, overlooking the vast expanse of the Honeycombs wilderness study area, a 21,000-acre sandstone landmark in Northern Wyoming, pocked with caves and radiating the afternoon heat into a gumbo of caliche dust and sage pollen.

"Alright, listen up," said Rakness, as the group tightened up into a circle around the lawman. "Everybody check your radios. We're going...

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