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Fetus case closed; foul play ruled out

Mar 28, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

Authorities have closed the investigation into a fetus found in an outhouse after they determined the death was naturally caused.

"It was a non-viable fetus delivered in an outhouse," said Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan. "The case is closed."

FBI media coordinator Dave Joly reiterated the halt in the investigation by his agency.

The fetus, which McAuslan said was likely 17 or 18 weeks old, was discovered Feb. 23 in an outhouse at a residence on Rendezvous Road.

McAuslan said he waited for a completed autopsy report on the fetus before releasing the cause of death. The preliminary examination, performed Feb. 24 in Loveland, Colo., came back inclusive.

The identity of the baby's mother was not released.

Because the death occurred on the Wind River Indian Reservation, the FBI assisted the coroner's office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs with the investigation.

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