GERING, Neb. – On July 6, at around 7:30 p.m., Chance Englebert left a residence in Gering, Neb. on foot. He was last seen on a business surveillance video time-stamped 7:51 p.m. near 10th Street and Martha Drive in Gering. This was the last known physical location. Search agencies did receive a ping on his cell phone from the vicinity of the WTT Truck Stop around 10 p.m.
Chance was raised in the Edgemont, S.D. area, and most recently resided in Moorcroft, Wyo. He worked at the Belle Ayr mine until the recent Blackjewel LLC layoff, but did have a new job lined up in Moorcroft that he was to start on July 8.
Throughout the week of July 7, 18 different agencies and more than 140 people have worked to search for Chance. The efforts have included canine search, drones, fly-overs and waterway resources over hundreds of miles on the ground and in the air.
Due to the lack of leads in the active search phase, law enforcement will be transitioning to a phase focusing more on investigation. Chief George Holthus of the Gering Police Department, indicated that there would be more in-depth investigation into cell phone records, interviews with family and friends and reviewing of financial records.
In interviews, Chance’s mother, Dawn Englebert, has stated that she is living a nightmare but thankful for community support and if her son is out there they just want him to come home.
“We just need him home,” she said during a press conference July 11.
Holthus echoed this sentiment, and that there would be no criminal charges if he has taken a break and wants to come back. He is an adult and can come and go as he pleases.
Chance was last seen wearing a short sleeve, light purple, button up Wrangler shirt, dark blue Wrangler jeans, roper style boots and a black and white trucker hat. He is 5’11” medium build, has light brown hair and blue eyes. His birthday is Dec. 2, 1993. A reward is being offered for anyone who can find him.
Anyone with any information in the case can contact any agency by contacting the Scotts Bluff County Communications Center at 308-436-6666.