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Search for missing man in the Croatan National Forest to resume Tuesday morning

Published: May. 30, 2021 at 10:30 AM EDT|Updated: May. 31, 2021 at 9:11 AM EDT
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CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - The search for a missing man in the Croatan National Forest has been called off for the night and will resume Tuesday morning.

Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck says more crews will be brought in Tuesday.

On Monday the NC Wildlife airplane and a Highway Patrol helicopter searched the area by air, while multiple crews are on the ground looked for 20-year-old Joshua Clauson.

“They didn’t take anything with them. They didn’t have any food, they didn’t have any water,” said Buck.

Clauson was reported missing when he didn’t return from a walk on Saturday after getting separated from another family member. Buck says the family member Clauson was with got out of the woods safely at the end of Rams Horn Road.

“There’s a stream back there, and they had been known to frequent that area in the past,” said Buck. “They must have gotten a lit bit too far beyond the beaten path and got turned around.”

Buck says they searched several miles of dense woods near the mobile home park off of Lake Road. He says they have been in contact with Clauson’s family, but do not have any answers at this time.

Anyone with information can call the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office at 252-728-8400.

SUNDAY STORY

The search continues for a missing man in Carteret County.

Sheriff Asa Buck said Sunday night a team was wrapping up after joining multiple crews in the search for Joshua Clauson, 20, who was reported missing when he didn’t return from a walk on Saturday.

Multiple teams searched all day on Sunday and will start again Monday morning, according to Buck.

Buck said NC Wildlife and Highway Patrol will assist in the search from the air on Monday morning in addition to having search teams on the ground.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON STORY

Multiple teams are searching for a missing man in Carteret County.

On Sunday, teams from Coastal Carolina, Brunswick, and Chocowinity Search & Rescue assisted in Carteret County deputies’ search for Joshua Clauson, 20, who was reported missing when he didn’t return from a walk.

“Approximately 30 searchers and three K-9′s are working the area,” the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office said.

Family members say Clauson entered the woods with another family member around 10 a.m. on Saturday at the rear of the mobile home park off Lake Rd.

The family member says the two got lost and separated. The family member was able to get out by listening to the sounds of passing cars.

Clauson was last seen wearing a khaki tank top and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to notify the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 728-8400 or Carteret County Communications at (252) 726-1911.

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