The Albany County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide following the July 4th discovery of a body at Mirror Lake, a popular picnic and fishing stop about 14 miles west of Centennial on Snowy Range Road (Wyoming 130).

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According to a press release, an autopsy was conducted today, July 9, 2024, which revealed that the body, which the Sheriff's Office says was found wrapped in a tarp near the Day Use Area, was that of an elderly male.

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"Regrettably, there were no identifiable markings that could assist in distinguishing him from others," the Sheriff's Office, who's referring to the unidentified man as "John Doe," said.

Albany County Sheriff's Office Working to Identify Elderly Man Whose Body Was Found Wrapped in Tarp at Mirror Lake

"Consequently, our dedicated detectives will meticulously analyze John Doe’s fingerprints, DNA, and dental records, comparing them to missing persons reports that align with his description," the agency added.

Due to the suspicious nature of John Doe’s passing, the Sheriff's Office says it's treating and investigating the case as a homicide, employing all available resources to uncover the truth surrounding the unfortunate incident.

"Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, we are limited in the information we can share with the public at this time," the agency said. "However, we are committed to providing updates as soon as they become available."

Anyone with information that may help with the investigation is asked to call the non-emergency dispatch line at 307-721-2526 and request to speak to a Sheriff's Office detective.

"We hope that we may soon receive answers and bring closure to this individual’s loved ones," the Sheriff's Office said.

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