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Autopsy done in shooting death; no ID confirmed yet

Aug 1, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Local officials on Friday still had not confirmed the identity of the man who was fatally shot by a federal officer Tuesday on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The deceased was autopsied Thursday in Loveland, Colo., but Coroner Ed McAuslan said fingerprint samples were not returned to Fremont County with the body.

"The (Federal Bureau of Investigation) kept them down there," McAusland said of the fingerprints. "But they're putting them overnight Fedex, so I hope to have them today. As soon as I get them, I'll make a comparison."

He said he would let the FBI release information about the cause of death.

When asked for an update Friday, FBI media coordinator Dave Joly had no additional information.

"Once the investigation is complete, we would be able to answer most of your questions," he said in an email. "Until then I just cannot violate the integrity of the investigation."

It will be up to McAuslan to determine whether the death was accidental or the result of a homicide. He could not comment on those details Friday.

"I can't make that (decision) until I have all of the information and reports," he said. "It's way too early to be even talking about that kind of thing. The autopsy report itself will be four to six weeks before I can sit down and read that, so we're looking at at least that long before any decisions will be made."

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