Weather pauses searches for missing 3-year-old in Browning

Zoe Buchli

Private searches to find a missing 3-year-old near Browning have largely been put on hold because of winter weather and poor conditions.

Arden Pepion, who would now be 4, disappeared nearly nine months ago, on April 22, in the area surrounding Joe Show East off U.S. Highway 89 South.

Since then, Pepion’s loved ones, including her parents Arbana and Aaron Pepion, have been tirelessly searching for the young girl and any evidence that might put the pieces of the puzzle of her disappearance together.

Diana Burd is a member of Holding Hope Search and Rescue, a team formed with the sole purpose of finding Arden. They have been combing through the Two-Medicine wilderness and river areas, where Arden is suspected to have gone missing.

However, weather conditions in the past month or so have temporarily stopped teams from continuing to look for answers. Ice is covering the Two Medicine river, making it impossible to search the water for clues. Wind and snow make ground searches difficult too, Burd said.

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When conditions allow, there is a spot where Arden is thought to have possibly entered the water

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