Man found dead on Riverton bike path identified


RIVERTON (WNE) — Officials have released the name of the man found dead Monday afternoon on a bike path in Riverton.

The body of Horace Big Medicine Jr., 62, was discovered at about 2:35 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of North Broadway.

The initial call to police was regarding a Native American subject lying on the bike path wearing a t-shirt, jeans and one shoe.

About five minutes later a Riverton Police Department officer who responded to the scene indicated the man was deceased, according to initial reports.

Stratmoen said the man was living in Fremont County at the time of his death.

A death notice states Big Medicine was from Arapahoe.

The cause of his death will be determined by an autopsy, which won't take place until Friday in Loveland, Colorado, due to the winter storm hitting the area Wednesday.

"I'm not going to send my deputy down and have him stranded in Rawlins," Stratmoen explained.