Dead Man Found Near Remote Town of Hiland, Wyoming Was Murdered Cops Say

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A man whose body was found in rural Natrona County last month has been identified as a Wyoming resident who was a murder victim, according to Natrona County law enforcement officials.

The body found Sept. 15, a body near Hiland, an unincorporated community about 55 miles west of Casper with a population of 10, has been identified as that of Jay Carlos Montoya, 36, officials announced Tuesday.

The cause of death was determined to be a homicide, according to the Natrona County Coroner James Whipps.

Cowboy State Daily called the only business located in Hiland — Steelman’s Bright Spot — to ask if anyone recognized the name of the deceased.

The person who answered the phone said she did not.

Anyone with information related to Montoya’s death is encouraged to contact the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office investigations division at 307-235-9282.

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