Hunters find body up Cache Creek
By Richard Anderson, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
November 21, 2011
Hunters found the frozen body of a man partially buried in snow Saturday morning on a steep slope above Cache Creek.
Teton County Sheriff’s deputies have tentatively identified the body as that of a 59-year-old male from Dallas. They are not releasing the name until his identity has been identified and his family can be notified.
“There’s no sign of trauma or anything,” the department’s Sgt. Todd Stanyon said Sunday. He predicted cause of death would be found to be natural or accidental.
Stanyon said hunters came upon the body at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. It was partially buried in snow and frozen, and it had been there for “a week or more,” Stanyon said.
The body was found about 1,300 vertical feet directly above the Cache Creek parking area, Stanyon said, on the north side of the canyon, about three-quarters of a mile to a mile from the road. The spot is not near any established trail or development, he said.
It took sheriff’s deputies and hour and a half to two hours to respond to the call and hike to the location of the body, Stanyon said. The department closed the Cache Creek road for several hours while search and rescue personnel were on the scene.
A notice posted at 1:07 p.m. on the sheriff’s department website announced the road had reopened.
Stanyon expects authorities will try to perform an autopsy today. Toxicology reports could take several weeks, he said.
The man was found with personal belongings — “typical day-hike kinds of things,” Stanyon said — but little to suggest any definitive reason why he was where he was or what he was doing at the time of his death. He was not a hunter, Stanyon said.
“We don’t know if he had a camp,” he said, though one could be buried in the snow that has fallen in the past week to 10 days.