Pinedale man still missing

SCSO courtesy photo Two K9 search teams joined the Tip Top Search and Rescue crew this week in the effort to locate Richard ‘Rick’ De Ruiter Zylker in Fremont Lake north of Pinedale. Debra Hulburt and her K9 Bannock, left, of Idaho Search and Rescue Dogs, Inc., and John LaBrec and K9 Taz, right, of Jackson Hole Search Dogs, rest on the boat dock at Fremont Lake on Aug. 29. The teams took turns conducting a free-air sniff of the water and then the shoreline. Both dogs indicated on the water.

PINEDALE — It’s been more than a week since Pinedale man and Ridley’s employee Richard “Rick” De Ruiter Zylker, 52, disappeared beneath the surface of Moosehead Bay on Fremont Lake. Since Aug. 24, Tip Top Search and Rescue, the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Game and Fish have spearheaded an exhaustive search of the area using boats, side-scan and 3D sonar, drones, remote-operated vehicles and scent dogs, but efforts to recover Zylker’s body have been unsuccessful.

Ridley’s Family Market in Pinedale is hosting a benefit raffle and barbecue Thursday and Friday, Sept. 1-2, the proceeds of which will be donated to Zylker’s family. The local grocery store has also provided meals to volunteers throughout the search, as have other local businesses.

Sheriff KC Lehr said, “Search efforts will continue through Friday if required.”


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