Headless body found in Wyoming remains unidentified

2014-01-14T10:28:00Z 2014-01-15T14:24:18Z Headless body found in Wyoming remains unidentifiedBy ZACH BENOIT zbenoit@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Authorities still haven't been able to identify the headless, mutilated body of a man found last week in a remote area outside Powell, Wyo.

Lance Mathess, public information officer for the Park County Sheriff's Office, said investigators continue to sort and pursue leads as they come in, but do not yet know  the identity of the victim.

A duck hunter and his son came across the body near Little Sand Coulee Road, northwest of Powell, on Jan. 9.

An autopsy conducted over the weekend determined that the man probably was killed on Jan. 7. While the exact cause of death remains under investigation, the sheriff's office is treating the death as a homicide.

On Monday, the sheriff's office released a more detailed description of the victim and photos of his belt, belt buckle and Ariat work boots in hopes that someone could help identify the victim.

Mathess said Tuesday that tips are coming in but none had led to a positive identification of the body.

"We’re getting tips left and right," he said. "But there’s nothing for us to release. Everything that we need to release right now has been released."

The victim is a Caucasian or light-skinned Hispanic male, younger than 35 years old, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 180 to 200 pounds. He had a stocky build, was in good physical shape and investigators believe he may have been an agricultural or ranch worker.

The sheriff’s office is leading the investigation, with assistance from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Anyone with information on the case, include a possible name of the victim, is asked to call the Park County Sheriff’s Office at 307-527-8700.

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