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Authorities Investigate Possible Fugitive Sighting in Riverton

Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department

Freemont County authorities are investigating a possible sighting of escapee fugitive Kenneth Ward at a casino in Riverton.

The website County 10, is reporting that a Rock Springs man contacted law enforcement claiming to have spoken with a man, in Riverton who identified himself as Kenneth Ward.  The Freemont County Sheriff’s Department is calling the sighting unconfirmed and says they have not been able to identify ward from any of the security camera footage at the casino.

Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Dick Blust says 51 year old Kenneth James Ward has been wanted in Sweetwater County since 2010 for felony larceny.

Ward was being transported to Sweetwater County by a private firm when he escaped from custody at the Independence Rock Rest Area in Natrona County at the end of August.

Since then Ward was confirmed to be seen in Rawlins earlier this week, and sightings have also been reported in Wamsutter as early as Tuesday.

Ward is described as a white male, 6’0″, weighing 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. At the time of his escape, Ward was wearing khaki shorts, a black shirt and flip flops.

Authorities say that Ward has managed to get out of the handcuffs that he was wearing at the time of his escape.

Individuals who believe they have seen Ward are asked to contact Law Enforcement immediately and are advised to not approach him.

Ward is said to have a violent past.

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