Headless body without arm found in Wyoming: Can you identify the victim from these photos?
For several weeks, the sheriff's office in Park County, Wyoming has been trying to solve a grisly mystery -- one involving a murder victim whose body was found missing a head and one arm.
Thus far, despite weeks of intensive investigation, the man's identity remains elusive. So the sheriff's office is asking again for help from the public.
Check out photos of items worn by the man and more information about a terrible crime.
The Park County Sheriff's Office Facebook page lays out the basic facts.
At around 11:58 a.m. on January 9, the sheriff's office learned that a corpse had been found on Little Sand Coulee Road, about a mile and a half west of Highway 294 and east of Yellowstone National Park.
A Park County Sheriff's Office photo of the area near where the body was discovered.
A forty-year-old Cody resident found the body. He and his son had been hunting ducks at the time.
The victim's remains were located in creek drainage approximately ten feet off the road. The body, riddled with multiple gunshot wounds, had been decapitated and "severely mutilated," the sheriff's office notes. A 7News report specifies that one arm had been cut off.
The head of the victim has not yet been recovered, making identification even more challenging. Still, the sheriff's office believes he was a Hispanic or Native American male around five-feet-six-inches in height and weighing 180-200 pounds -- a "stocky" build. At the time of his death, he was wearing a dark blue, button-down, short-sleeve shirt and blue jeans, as well as "brown-lace work boots with a bluish-green top, deep tread and square toe." Here's a photo of one boot:
In addition, the man sported what's described as "a very distinct brown leather belt with Native American designs and a matching belt buckle with braided boarder and a pearl colored in-laid horse head."
...plus a look at one end of the belt....
...and the other:
A subsequent update features specifics about the assorted clothing items. The jeans had a 36-inch waist and were thirty inches in length, the work boots were made by Ariat, and the belt measured 38 inches.
An autopsy estimated the date of death as January 7 -- meaning the body had been in place for a couple of days before the duck hunter happened upon it.
A map of the landscape where the body was found.
An aerial search of the area was conducted on January 16 in the hope that an abandoned vehicle might be spotted, but no luck on that count.
Nonetheless, another dispatch about the crime notes that investigators have been following up "dozens of leads provided by the public. Sheriff Scott Steward added in a statement that "according to the final report from the forensic pathologist, the victim died of multiple gunshot wounds. The report also indicates that the dismemberment occurred post-mortem. However, we're still unsure if the killing was done at the scene of the discovery or somewhere else, even outside our jurisdiction. We simply do not have sufficient evidence to make that determination."
Specially trained cadaver dogs have gone over the crime scene but have yet to discover the missing body parts. Meanwhile, the belt and buckle are said to be "similar to 'piteado,' which is a particular craftsmanship currently indigenous to some villages of Mexico and Guatemala. The piteado is particularly popular among the community of 'charro,' meaning horsemanship or cowboy."
Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to phone the Park County Communications Center at 307-527-8700.
Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
More from our Mile High Murder archive circa October 2013: "Video: Austin Sigg pleads guilty in senseless murder of Jessica Ridgeway."
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