By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily
The father of a missing Gillette man announced on Thursday afternoon that a body found in the area of Weston Hills, north of Gillette, is of his 37-year-old son who had been missing since September 2.
Daryl Morgan said on a Facebook page dedicated to finding his son that the body found by local law enforcement authorities on Wednesday was of his son, Bryan Morgan.
“To everyone in this group, it is with heavy heart that I must tell you , they found Bryan,” Morgan wrote on a page dedicated to finding his son. “I greatly appreciate all the love and help that everyone has given ….it makes my heart feel good….love all of you.”
The Gillette News Record reported that Morgan’s truck was found in Campbell County, and the sheriff’s office search and rescue posse spent three days searching in the Weston Hills recreation area north of Gillette.
Authorities have not officially identified the body and said the earliest they might do so is on Friday.
Love And Support
An outpouring of support by family and friends followed Morgan’s announcement.
“Bryan was a very kind and caring young man. When he and Kyle roomed together I was able to get to know Bryan and talk with him often. He will forever have a special place in my heart. The loss of Bryan is most definitely a tragedy. He will be missed. You and his mother taught him well, Daryl,” wrote one friend.
Meanwhile, another friend of the family announced he was setting up a fundraising drive to pay for the cost of the funeral.
“We are working with Gillette Memorial Chapel to get Bryan’s service scheduled,” wrote Brandon Hinshaw. “That being said we have to pay 100% of the costs upfront in order to make this happen and it is going to be $6,500.”
Hinshaw said he was working on setting-up a donations page but donors could call the chapel at 307-682-3313 in the meantime.
“They take card donations over the phone and this would help the Morgan family out in this very difficult time of need,” Hinshaw said.
A memorial has been created for Morgan on the Gillette Memorial Chapel and Walker Funeral Home website. It mentions a full obituary will be posted soon.