Three hunters reported missing

Wyoming man, twin sons failed to return last night from Irish Canyon


A father and his twin sons are being searched for in Moffat County, having failed to return to their Rock Springs, Wyo. home last evening. Victor Bertagnolli, 35, and his 10-year-old sons Kyle and Casey were reported as missing to the Sweetwater and Moffat County Sheriff Departments by Bertagnolli's ex-wife and girlfriend at 1 a.m. this morning.

According to Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead, the three hunters had planned to go rabbit hunting in the Irish Canyon area, and expected to return to Rock Springs Monday evening.

"They were last seen noon yesterday, but there were no reported sightings in the Irish Canyon area," Grinstead said. "We're not really sure of the location they could be hunting there's a lot of land between Irish Canyon and Rock Springs.

"Our worry is that they went out unprepared clothing-wise, and without the proper survival gear. We're doing the best we can to search quickly and efficiently."

The MCSO is coordinating with the Sweetwater department for the search, Grinstead said.

The MCSO's Incident Command Post is set up at the intersection of Moffat County Road 10 and Moffat County Road 63. Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg, Emergency Management Director Clyde Anderson, and four search teams of Sheriff's Posse members are conducting the search. Blaine Tucker, owner and operator of Mountain Air Spraying, is assisting the MCSO. The Colorado Division of Wildlife is conducting elk, deer and antelope counts by air, and have also been alerted about the missing father and sons.

Bertagnolli and his sons were traveling in a maroon 1985 Chevrolet one-ton pickup. The truck is a regular cab model.

Bertagnolli has a cell phone with him, but the Sheriff's Office has been unable to successful call that phone, Grinstead said.

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