Cache Sheriff’s officials said they were “frustrated” Wednesday with the search for an 18-year-old Nevada woman who has been missing since the middle of last week, and they believe the woman may just not want to be found. Cache Search and Rescue volunteers have been canvassing the Northern Utah mountains since last Wednesday and today are focusing on an area near Tony Grove where crews found a primitive-type shelter that they believe Celina Roye may have been sleeping in. That finding comes on the same day that sheriff’s officials released details about Roye’s latest posting on the social networking Web site MySpace where Roye suggests she is on a quest to commune with nature and likely doesn’t want to be found. The post went online last Wednesday, the day Roye went missing. “She said she was going to avoid all humans, wanted to be one with nature … wanted to make her way to Yellowstone to be with the wolves,” Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Matt Bilodeau said Wednesday. The posting indicated that she was “traveling forest, off to river canyon (a reference to Logan River) to become one with the wolves and the forest so that my spirit can be free once more.” With that indication, Bilodeau said, there’s a high probability that Roye is hiding from search crews as they look for her. Where most people who are lost in the backcountry would see a helicopter and come out into a clearing and wave their arms, Roye may be evading search crews. That, Bilodeau said, leaves a handful of possibilities: Roye may have left the area and is making her way up to Yellowstone to be with the wolves as she indicated in her MySpace posting, she may be severely hurt, injured or deceased and crews can’t find her, or she is simply avoiding crews, sneaking into camps for food and living off the water in the mountains. “We don’t know what’s going on, we’re extremely frustrated,” Bilodeau said. “She may not even know that she’s being looked for.” Crews having a 300-square mile search area, one-third of that is wilderness, and that makes the search very tough. Meanwhile, Bilodeau said the public has been extremely helpful alerting sheriff’s officials about anything they do, or don’t see while in the canyons. “That’s why we went to the public with the pictures,” he said. Also today, Bilodeau said, search officials are starting to consider what they will do if and when they find Roye. Bilodeau said if they find her in good shape, they will likely offer her a ride off the mountain and if she declines, they will cease and desist searching for her. Given her potential mindset and her online postings, however, sheriff’s officials plan to consult with Bear River Mental Health to determine whether Roye should be brought in for a mental evaluation upon her discovery.
Cache County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Member Sam Perry stands next to a rudimentary shelter that officials believe was used by Celina Roye.