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LANDER - The chairman of the Fremont County Commission says he remains concerned that no more information has been released in last year's deaths of three girls on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The bodies of 13-year-old Elyxis Gardner, 14-year-old Winter Rose Thomas Jenkins and 15-year-old Alexandrea WhitePlume were found at a tribal housing complex south of Riverton on June 4.

Investigators have not said publicly what killed the girls.

County Commission Chairman Doug Thompson has been vocal in seeking more information. He brought the issue up again at a recent commission meeting.

"I just wanted to continue to express concern," he told County Coroner Ed McAuslan.

McAuslan said he understood the concern but believes federal law prevents him from releasing information in cases involving juveniles.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cheyenne told The Riverton Ranger he couldn't confirm or deny the existence of any case related to the three girls' deaths. The federal prosecutors are responsible for investigating all major crimes on the reservation.

Messages left at the FBI in Denver by the newspaper were not returned.

The girls were Northern Arapaho. Tribal leaders in the weeks after the deaths launched a major effort to curb alcohol and drug abuse among teens on the reservation.

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