POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Park County officials have resumed their search for Powell Tribune reporter Gib Mathers, who was last seen taking photographs near U.S. Highway 14 west of Cody on Jan. 31.

People were being asked to stay out of the area on Thursday so search dogs would not be distracted by other human scent or passing traffic.

Searchers looked for Mathers last Friday and Saturday, but weather conditions and not having any idea where to focus the search led them to suspend their efforts.

Improved weather conditions Thursday allowed the search to resume.

Mathers, who is 61, had taken some time off work last week and was reported missing when he did not show up for work on Feb. 2. Officials said a request last week for information from anyone who may have seen Mathers after Jan. 31 did not turn up any new leads.