Lander native and his girlfriend missing in the Bighorns

(Sheridan, Wyo.) – A Lander native and his girlfriend are missing in the Bighorn National Forest, and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue have been looking for them since Monday.

Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kosizek said that Blake Fuhriman, 23, and Alissa DeVille, 22, have been missing since Thursday. They were set to hike in to Black Tooth Mountain from Bighorn Reservoir on Thursday, camp at the base of the mountain, climb to the peak and then return to town late on Saturday. Kosizek said the pair have not been heard from since Thursday. His office was notified Monday morning and SAR has been looking for them ever since.

There was reportedly inclement weather in the area over the weekend. Kosizek said the area where the couple was planning to be is extremely rural and isolated.

The couple is living in Sheridan, and a friend of the family said Fuhriman was planning to propose.

Kosizek said searchers found the pair’s backpacks at the site where they had planned to camp. The search so far has included teams spending the night on the ground, fixed wing flights by the Civil Air Patrol and helicopter support by the National Guard.

Anyone with any information about the couple that could be helpful to search teams is encouraged to call 307-684-5581. Kosizek said, however, that dispatch will not be able to provide updates to interested callers.