NEWPORT — The Carteret County Sheriffs Office is requesting homeowners who live in the area of Lake Road, where a man has been missing since Saturday in the Croatan National Forest, to check their property and outbuildings.

Carteret County deputies and search teams are continuing to search 15 square miles of the Croatan by ground and air in an effort to locate Joshua Clauson, 20, who was reported missing Saturday after he failed to return from a walk in the forest.

Mr. Clauson, of 1202 Lake Road, Lake Road Mobile Home Park, is described as a 20-year-old white male with red hair. He was last seen wearing a khaki tank top and blue jeans.

Property owners who need assistance are asked to call the non-emergency line at the Carteret Communications Center at 252-726-1911.

Carteret County Emergency Management, along with teams from Coastal Carolina, Brunswick and Chocowinity Search & Rescue, have been leading the ground efforts while the N.C. Highway Patrol Air Unit has been searching the land by helicopter.

Additional law enforcement and fire departments responded to the call for assistance, including N.C. Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office, Pender and Pamlico County Search & Rescue and fire departments from Newport, Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle, as well as Newport public works.

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David Collins

Just going by the posted photos

Has it occurred to anyone that this guy may well not wish to be found ?

If he has somehow met his demise , let nature’s body finders do their job . Hint , look to the sky . They have been doing their job forever and are quite good at it .

If this guy is playing silly games then he will have quite a reparation bill to pay and pay he must .

This is not the first time this has happened and will not be the last .

Just an observation .


I have been avoiding making an observation. I did a lil research on court dates and criminal history you may do your own and draw whatever conclusions you will.

I sincerely hope he is ok.

I do not understand how thermal imagining hasent found someone who wants to be found.


I haven’t read anywhere that thermal imaging has been used. Seems like a no brainer though, if we possess it.

David Collins

About time to wrap this up . Things will play out in good time . Other matters to attend to .

Vintage Chief

"God Forgives, I don't"

There's a statement worthy of notoriety!

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