83-year-old man found dead near South Pass after 3-day Search and Rescue effort

Fremont County Search and Rescue Volunteers had been working since Friday afternoon to locate an 83-year-old man who was hunting for shed antlers in the Sweetwater Gap area near South Pass.

A release from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office was issued Monday morning on the discovery of the man deceased. His identity was not immediately released by authorities.


*Note* Though the release through the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says the man was 87, we have confirmed through two different sources the man was 83-years-old. 

Fremont County Search and Rescue Volunteers located the body a missing 87-year-old Fremont County man early Sunday afternoon. The victim was located in the Sweetwater River, in an area that had been inaccessible to search crews ue to high water for the last several days. Swift Water Rescue Crews spent Sunday afternoon recovering the victim’s remains.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office launched a Search and Rescue Mission Friday afternoon after the man was reported missing in the Sweetwater Gap area near South Pass while hunting for shed antlers.

Crews with the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Civil Air Patrol, and the Wyoming Air National Guard assisted with the search efforts.

“The victim was located with the aid of cadaver dogs that were deployed on the mission Sunday,” said Fremont County Sheriff Ryan Lee. “This area of the river consisted of steep canyon walls with a narrow trail along the river’s edge. The trail itself had been inundated by flood waters and inaccessible by ground for the last two days. The snowmelt runoff receded Sunday morning and crews were able to access the area, the victim was located in a log jam about a 1/4 mile from the Upper Sweetwater Campground,” according to Sheriff Lee.  

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, the Fremont County Coroner’s Office is also assisting in the investigation and will release the name of the deceased. 


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