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Coroner rules death on rez a homicide

Sep 1, 2017 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A local man was killed last month on the Wind River Indian Reservation, local officials confirmed Friday, but federal investigators won't say whether anyone has been taken into custody in connection with the death.

Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen has determined the July 26 death of Royce N. Perry Sr., 43, was a homicide.

The cause of death is exsanguination - or blood loss - due to a "sharp force injury of the neck."

Further information has been unavailable, as the incident remains under investigation by federal officials.

"They are investigating it as a homicide," Stratmoen said Friday.

Custody?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation will not say whether anyone has been taken into custody in relation to the death. Both the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office are citing the open investigation as reason not to release information.

Information regarding a person being arrested - and the reason for the arrest - is public record, regardless of the status of the case. As such, the Lander Journal has filed a request with the FBI under the Federal Freedom of Information Act for information about anyone in custody related to Perry's death.

Perry's blood-alcohol content was .389 when he died.

-Staff writer Kelli Ameling contributed to this report.

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