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Former Riverton couple killed on way to Casper

May 29, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

Two former Riverton residents were killed in a fiery, two-vehicle, head-on collision early Sunday morning while returning home to Casper after visiting friends in Riverton.

Natrona County Coroner Connie Jacobson on Tuesday said Kevin Townsend, 30, and Bobbie Townsend, 24, were pronounced dead at the scene after they collided with another vehicle at about 3 a.m. on Sunday, May 27. The crash occurred in Natrona County, about 8 miles west of Casper on Highway 20/26, Jacobson said.

"The other person in the other vehicle was taken to the Wyoming Medical Center," Jacobson said.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Josh Hardee of Casper said Kevin and Bobbie Townsend perished in a fire after becoming trapped in their 2006 Dodge Magnum following the crash.

"The vehicle with the Townsends in it was completely destroyed by a fire," Hardee said Tuesday. "The car burned down to the ground. There is no evidence in the car so it's hard to pinpoint at this time what caused the fire."

He said the third person involved in the crash was driving a GMC Envoy.

Jacobson said autopsies are planned for Wednesday in Loveland, Colo. She expects a final report in four to eight weeks.

It's unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved, Jacobson said.

"Both victims were wearing seat belts," she added.

Jacobson said the couple resided in Casper.

"They were visiting friends in Riverton and returning home," she said.

The Townsends had lived in Riverton until recently, where Kevin Townsend had been employed in The Ranger circulation department.

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