By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The body of a Casper man who has been missing since June was found in Natrona County this week and authorities are investigating his death as a homicide.
Ryan Schroeder’s body was discovered in rural Natrona County this week, according to the Casper Police Department. He was 36, a father and grandfather.
“The Casper Police Department extends our deepest condolences to the loved ones of Ryan Schroeder and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure justice is served,” the department said in a statement.
Schroeder was last heard from on June 26 after reportedly being dropped off a convenience store in the Denver area by a friend.
Detectives, in a statement Thursday, said based on interviews with individuals who had been with Schroeder in the days leading up to his disappearance, they do not believe Schroeder’s death was the result of a random attack. However, officials also said they do not believe the death poses any threat to the public.
Schroeder’s sisters, Allyson Schroeder and Cassidy Dieguez, told Cowboy State Daily in August they believe their brother actually returned to Wyoming after the second of two trips to Colorado.
However, officers had said they did not believe Schroeder returned to Wyoming.
Anyone with information on Schroeder’s death can call the Casper Police Department at 307-235-8278. Tips can also be reported anonymously and that person may be eligible for a monetary reward by reporting through Crime Stoppers of Central Wyoming by calling (307) 577-8477 or online at crime-stoppers.com.
Schroeder’s case has also been taken up by private investigator Amanda Waldron of “We Help the Missing,” a nonprofit organization founded in Utah with volunteers all over the country, CSD previously reported.