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Decapitation Stymies Wyoming Investigators [PHOTOS]

Park County Sheriff’s Office

The discovery of a murder victim’s headless body on a dead-end road in rural Wyoming has stymied investigators for nearly three weeks now.

Authorities in Park County, east of Yellowstone National Park, are trying to identify the man whose body was found by duck hunters on Jan. 9 near the town of Powell.

A pathologist determined the man was killed by multiple gunshot wounds before he was decapitated. One of the man’s arms also was cut off.

The man was no more than 35 years old, about 5-foot-8 and 180 to 200 pounds.

Lance Mathess of the Park County Sheriff’s Office says there are no missing persons reports, and no one has come forward with any solid leads.

A press release issued by the Park County Sheriff’s Office noted that the belt and buckle worn by the victim bears a resemblance to “piteado,” a particular craftsmanship currently indigenous to some villages of Mexico and Guatemala. The piteado is particularly popular among the community of “charro” meaning horsemanship or cowboy.

“This is not to say that the victim was from those regions,” said Sheriff Scott Steward. “It is simply a design native to those areas. It would be irresponsible of us to eliminate any possibilities at this stage.”

The Park County Sheriff’s Office says they will continue to “aggressively pursue this investigation with primary focus on identifying the victim and bringing his killers to justice.”

Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is encouraged to come forward by contacting the Park County Communications Center at 307-527-8700. Any information provided will remain confidential.

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