Man’s body found on Riverton bike path


RIVERTON (WNE) — A 62-year-old man was found dead Monday afternoon on a bike path in Riverton. 

Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen said the American Indian man’s identity will be released once next of kin have had time to notify his extended family. 

“It was a John Doe, and we just got identification today, so I need to let the family (have time to) notify, because there are some extended next of kin that are not local,” Stratmoen said Tuesday. “I’ll give (them) at least 24 hours before I release the name.” 

Stratmoen said the man was living in Fremont County at the time of his death. The man’s cause of death will be determined by an autopsy, which won’t take place until Friday in Loveland, Colorado, due to a winter storm forecast for the area that is expected to bring hazardous travel conditions to the region

“I’m not going to send my deputy down and have him stranded in Rawlins,” Stratmoen said. 

The man’s body was discovered at about 2:35 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of North Broadway.

The initial report was regarding an unresponsive subject lying on the Rails to Trails recreation path wearing a T-shirt, jeans and one shoe. 

At about 2:40 p.m. a Riverton Police Department officer who responded to the scene indicated the man was deceased, according to initial reports.