Unclaimed remains, increase in non-natural deaths and more from the Fremont County Coroner’s Office

by | Dec 10, 2019 10:07AM

Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen shared his office’s monthly update during the Fremont County Commissioners’ Meeting today, December 10th, 2019. Coroner cases remain ahead of this time last as well as an increased number of non-natural deaths.

Below is also a Public Notice from the coroner’s office about unclaimed remains:

This release serves as Public Notice that the remains of the following individual of Riverton, Wyoming, have not been claimed by next of kin for disposition, or no next of kin have been found:

Deborah M. Podgorski, DOB 10/15/1952 (Age 67)

The date of death of this individual was December 1st, 2019. Per Wyoming Statute 7-4-207(a), the time frame of five days since the discovery of the death has passed on December 6th, 2019. On that day, without claimant, and per that statute, the Coroner of Fremont County has started the process to see to the disposition as indicated by the policies and procedures of said county. Any and all persons in the community of interest at this time, or friends of the deceased, regardless of relation or affiliation with the deceased, may make claim upon the body for disposition. Anyone who wishes to make a claim, should call the coroner’s office at 307-856-7150.

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Coroner’s office monthly statistics:

Coroner cases are at 143 so far this year compared to 132 at this time last year.

Of those 143 cases, 45 are alcohol related and 25 are drug-related (14 of those include both).

Methamphetamine related deaths are at 11 so far this year. The highest number since 2005.

So far this year there have been 16 suicides, 7 homicides, and 34 accidents for a total of 57 non-natural deaths. 22 more than this time last year.

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