Sublette Co cold case warms up

A cold case in Sublette County has heated up again. In January 2017, the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office received a missing person’s report for 61-year-old Vanessa “Nessy” Orren of LaBarge.

The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office has been actively investigating Orren’s disappearance since the missing person’s report was made, and she was entered into the National Crime Information Center and National Missing and Unidentified Persons Systems as a missing person.

During the investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant to search the property belonging to Darrell “Pete” Petry for any evidence relating to the Orren’s disappearance.  On Saturday June 19th, the Search Warrant was executed.

During the multi-day execution of the Search Warrant, Mr. Petry left the property and was found deceased on June 22nd, 2021 by Sublette County Deputies and Wyoming Highway Patrol.  A subsequent investigation into the death of Mr. Petry was conducted by the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office and Petry’s death was determined to be self-inflicted.

The disappearance of Vanessa “Nessy” Orren is still being actively investigated and the Sublette County Sheriff’s is requesting anyone with any information related to the disappearance of Vanessa Orren to please contact them at 307-367-4378.


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