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Man's death attributed to meth overdose

May 28, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling and Katie Roenigk, Staff Writers

A Lander man who died May 3 did not suffer a heart attack as initially reported.

Toxicology results from the Fremont County Coroner's Office stated Gregory A. Matthews, 51, of Lander, died of a methamphetamine overdose.

Matthews's body reportedly contained 3,100 nanograms per milliliter of meth.

Matthews was a white male roughly 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He did not have any property or money on him when he was found.

The 4:53 a.m. death was listed as an accident.

His obituary said he graduated from Lander Valley High School in 1981 and began working on oilrigs in his early 20s.

Initial call

Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Jefferson Street at about 3:51 a.m. May 3 after a reporting party said Matthews "appeared to be dead."

According to the police report, the reporting party said Matthews had chest pains when he went to sleep.

Lander Police Department chief Jim Carey said when officers arrived on scene, they found Matthews to be unconscious and not breathing.

The tactical medics performed CPR and used advanced life support techniques before emergency medical technicians arrived.

"An investigation is being conducted on the facts and circumstances surrounding Mr. Matthew's death," Carey said. "We are doing our best to determine if it was an accident or if foul play was involved."

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