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Man died in remote area before rescue team could arrive

Aug 2, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

Fremont County Search and Rescue launched a mission Wednesday evening at Lake Louise near Dubois for a 65-year-old man who died, perhaps from a heart attack.

County Coroner Ed McAuslan said his agency has not yet determined a cause of death, and will decide if an autopsy will be conducted after a review of the victim's medical history.

McAuslan said the man owned a residence in Dubois, but his main home was in Atlanta, Ga. The victim's name is being withheld at this time pending notification of the man's son, who is currently working overseas.

According to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office dispatch log, at about 4:50 p.m. on Wednesday, the agency received a call from a female member of the victim's hiking party reporting the man was having chest pains at Lake Louise. The woman told police the man could not be reached by vehicle or an ATV.

Lake Louise is located south of Dubois in the Wind River Mountain Range. Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said it is about a six-mile hike and roughly 1,600 feet in elevation gain from the nearest trailhead.

Less than 10 minutes after the initial report, the sheriff's office received a second phone call from a person reporting the man was located straight up the canyon and just short of the lake on the trail.

At about 5:15 p.m., searchers started to gather to prepare for the mission. A helicopter team was notified about the situation, and Sublette County officials offered assistance if needed.

"We initiated both an air and ground rescue in an effort to reach the man as quickly as possible due to terrain issues," Lee said through a news release. "When rescue crews arrived on scene at 7 p.m., they found the man was deceased."

Lee said rescuers transported the victim to the lake's trailhead.

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