Fetus found in outhouse investigated

Feb 24, 2012 By Christina George Staff Writer

Multiple agencies are investigating a fetus discovered Thursday in an outhouse on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

"We are investigating a fetus found in an outhouse on Rendezvous Road," said Fremont County coroner Ed McAuslan. "The FBI, BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) and the coroner's office are investigating."

Fremont County Sheriff's Office Capt. Ryan Lee said his agency received a call at 1:44 p.m. Thursday to dispatch the coroner's office concerning a deceased baby found in an outhouse.

"All we did was notify the coroner's office," Lee said. "We didn't send anyone, and we didn't dispatch an ambulance."

McAuslan said an autopsy is scheduled for Friday afternoon, "to determine what happened."

FBI media coordinator Dave Joly confirmed that an autopsy had been scheduled and said that there is no other information to release at this time.

"The investigation is ongoing," Joly said.

McAuslan did not say if the death would be ruled a homicide.

"It has not been classified at this time," he said.

He declined to release information about the individual or individuals possibly involved in the incident.

"We are not releasing any of that at this time," he said.

Although McAuslan did not confirm the age of the fetus, Webster's dictionary defines a fetus as an unborn baby that is at least 2 months old.

The coroner's office was dispatched 20 minutes before a Fremont County ambulance bus responded to a call about a pregnant woman at a location also on Rendezvous Road. Authorities would not say if the two calls are connected.

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