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Coroner waiting to confirm ID of found body

Mar 5, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The Fremont County coroner is waiting to confirm the identity of a man who was found dead Feb. 26 in a residence north of Lander.

"He had been there for quite a while and wasn't visually identifiable (due to) the decomposition," Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said Tuesday. "We have an idea who it is, or who lives at that house, (but) we've got fingerprints we're sending off to see if we can confirm it.

"It's always possible someone else went in or was there as a guest (and) dies, and the owner doesn't happen to be there."

He added that nothing about the incident was suspicious, and the deceased had not suffered obvious trauma.

A nearby resident reported the body to police at about 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26.

"(The neighbor) hadn't seen him for a while and went over to finally look in on him," McAuslan said.

No identification was found with the body, which had been in the house for several days or weeks, but not months, McAuslan guessed.

"It was long enough to be there and not be identifiable," McAuslan said. "It was definitely not skeletonized or anything along those lines."

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