Local authorities searching for missing teen


UPDATE (June 1, 3:35pm): Cunningham has been found.

UPDATE (June 1): Search efforts continue in the missing person investigation for James Paul Cunningham today, with efforts and coordination increasing.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office has created a task force with federal partners, as well as the Jackson Police Department, Teton County Search and Rescue, and the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation. Investigative duties are being shared across these agencies.

Search and Rescue is prepared to activate a backcountry search if needed, pending direction from the Sheriff’s Office and the results of investigative efforts today.

A BOLO (Be On the Lookout) alert for a possible missing person has been issued as local authorities including Wyoming Highway Patrol attempt to find a local Jackson man who has been missing for days.

James Paul Cunningham

Teton County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to and advised that James Paul Cunningham, 19, of Jackson told his mother he had broken down in the Hoback area on Sunday, May 27. He had planned on going camping then to work. His mother had not heard anything further from him.

Teton County Sheriff’s Investigators learned that the man did show up for work at a local hotel on Monday morning May 28. He had left for lunch around noon and did not return to work.

James Paul Cunningham

Cunningham was last seen just before 4pm on Monday, May 28 getting a ride out of the Flat Creek area towards Jackson in a full-size, black, crew-cab pickup truck with two white males who appeared to be in their 20s. 

Deputies located Cunningham’s vehicle on Flat Creek Road while on an unrelated call, north of the National Elk Refuge, but there was no sign of the missing man.

He was driving a 1996 green Mercury Sable station wagon. The vehicle was mechanically disabled and locked. Deputies located the man’s vehicle on Flat Creek Road, north of the National Elk Refuge, but no sign of the missing man.

Anyone with knowledge as to the whereabouts of Cunningham is urged to call the Teton County Sheriff’s Office at (307) 733-2331.



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