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Weekend deaths unusual, but foul play not suspected in either

Apr 23, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The Fremont County Coroner's Office is investigating two unrelated and unsuspicious deaths that took place over the weekend in Riverton.

The first was reported at about 11:40 a.m. Saturday, when Vance Reed, 44, of Riverton, was found unresponsive behind the wheel of his car on Smith Road. Coroner Ed McAuslan said Reed was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Preliminary autopsy results show the death was natural, but McAuslan said he will wait for a final report to determine an official cause.

"There was no accident," McAuslan added. "He just pulled his car over to the side of the road."

Initial reports of "convulsions" refer to Reed as a patient who had a seizure and was unconscious but breathing. The person who made the report said he or she had seen Reed's car drifting, and the subject inside of the vehicle reportedly was "shaking."

The initial report also states that Reed had been diagnosed with a seizure disorder.

"This was mentioned as an atypical seizure," the report states. "It's not known if he has had more than one seizure in a row."

According to the report, Reed was breathing normally and had stopped shaking by about 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

Cardiac arrest

McAuslan also is investigating the death of 29-year-old Riverton resident David Hursh, who was found dead at about 1:15 p.m. Monday at his home in the 500 block of East Madison Avenue. The incident was listed as a cardiac arrest on the Fremont County Sheriff's report.

"There was nothing suspicious at the scene," McAuslan said. "He was lying in bed."

He said the man, who was paraplegic, will be autopsied this week in Loveland, Colo.

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