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Shooting victim under influence of meth; baby died of asphyxia

Nov 6, 2012 - From staff reports

Lucas Myhre died of multiple gunshot wounds during an incident Sept. 13 at an apartment complex in Riverton.

The Fremont County Coroner's Office has released an autopsy report showing Lucas Myhre, 27, of Riverton, was under the influence of methamphetamines at the time of his death.

Myhre died of multiple gunshot wounds at about 9:30 p.m. Sept. 13. The shooting took place in front of an apartment rented by Dustin Nickelson, 23, of Riverton, who is in custody on a second-degree murder charge in connection with the incident.

According to the autopsy report, Myhre's body contained 1,700 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) of methamphetamine, 400 ng/mL of amphetamine and 7.3 ng/mL of phenylpropanolamine (PPA).

The Food and Drug Administration has taken steps to remove PPA from all drug products. According to the FDA, the drug was used in many over-the-counter and prescription cough and cold medications as a decongestant and in over-the-counter weight loss products.


The Coroner's office also released autopsy results for Leviticus Esau Lloyd Whiteman, a 7-week-old infant who died Oct. 14 in the 400 block of Spruce Street in Riverton.

According to the report, the baby died of overlay asphyxia.

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said he has given the report to Riverton Police Department detectives, who will continue to investigate the case.

Officers said they arrived on Spruce Street at about 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14 and observed that Whiteman was not breathing. They tried to resuscitate the infant for about 20 minutes until emergency medical personnel arrived on scene. Whiteman was the son of Shaw Esau Whiteman and Crystal Lynn Dresser.

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