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Fetus found in outhouse likely 17 to 18 weeks old

Feb 28, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

The cause and manner of death of a fetus found Thursday in an outhouse on the Wind River Indian Reservation remain unknown after Friday's autopsy report came back with uncertainty.

"The preliminary results came back inconclusive," said Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan on Friday, following the autopsy that was conducted in Loveland, Colo.

"We will have to wait for the complete autopsy report. ... The pathologist has to complete the report," McAuslan said.

"They normally take four to six weeks, but I don't know if it will take that long because it's fetal."

McAuslan said the preliminary autopsy indicates the fetus was likely 17 or 18 weeks old.

"I believe it was a male, but I can't say for sure," he added.

The county coroner's officer was dispatched at 1:44 p.m. Feb. 23 to a report of a dead baby found in an outhouse on Rendezvous Road on the reservation.

"The outhouse is in a residential area," McAuslan said.

The identities of neither the baby's mother nor others who may have been involved have been released.

Because the death occurred on the reservation, the FBI is assisting the coroner's office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs with the investigation.

FBI media coordinator Dave Joly said his agency was not releasing any information about the death, including if it is being handled as a criminal case.

"Unfortunately we are not able to comment on an ongoing investigation," Joly said Friday.

A Fremont County ambulance unit responded to a call about a pregnant woman at a residence also on Rendezvous Road 20 minutes after the coroner's office was dispatched for the fetus fatality. Officials would not say if the two calls are connected.

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