Law enforcement officers stood on a porch on a home on Navaho Avenue that was secured with crime scene tape Thursday afternoon. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – In an apparent break in a homicide investigation, a home at 72 Navaho Street in the All Nations Trailer Park near the Rails To Trails pathway is swarming with law enforcement officials this afternoon, including the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation’s State Crime Lab in Cheyenne (DCI), Bureau of Indian Affairs and Riverton Police officers.
In a statement to the media at 3:38 p.m. Thursday, Undersheriff Ryan Lee said the DCI and BIA have joined the investigation as of this morning. The sheriff’s department is the lead agency in the investigation.
The Fremont County Coroner’s office is also involved in the hunt for leads. Coroner Ed McAuslan said this afternoon the murder victim was a Native American male, but age and identity are unknown. “The body was autopsied this morning at 11 a.m. and I have a preliminary report, but I’m not releasing it at this time until other details of the investigation are confirmed,” he said. McAuslan said fingerprints and dental records are being collected in the effort to positively identify the victim.
Police were alerted to an unresponsive person on the Rails To Trails pathway Wednesday morning around 7:20 a.m. just west of the All Nations Trailer Park and a short time later they found another injured individual, a woman, who was reportedly found in a tree. She was rushed from the scene by ambulance and then flown to a Casper hospital. Identity of the injured woman and her current status has not been released.
Police descended on the home on Navaho shortly after 2 p.m. County10.com observed Riverton Police and BIA officers scouring the back and side yard of the residence, and an area just west of the residence behind another home. Shortly thereafter, a crime scene tape was placed in front of the home. Police officers were seen talking on the porch of the home, and officers were observed entering and leaving the home. A crime scene investigator from DCI was also seen exiting the home with a camera around his neck, working at his mobile unit, and then returning to the home carrying a case. He was wearing blue surgical gloves.
“The investigation is currently ongoing and fast paced, there is no further information that can be released at the current time,” Lee said in the statement.
Groups of individuals were seen outside their own homes looking at the law enforcement activity, while other residents were seen going on about daily chores. Several onlookers pulled up on Sioux Avenue to watch from across a vacant field. A lone RPD patrol car was cruising through the neighborhood.
County10.com photos by Ernie Over, click to enlarge, mouse over for captions.