Riverton Man Found Under Cardboard Boxes Died Of Hypothermia, Excess Alcohol

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By Clair McFarland, General Assignment Reporter

A man found dead near cardboard boxes in downtown Riverton last month died from a case of hypothermia complicating acute and chronic alcohol abuse, the Fremont County Coroner reported Tuesday.  

Richard Lonebear, 52, of Riverton, was found lying in a parking lot under cardboard boxes the afternoon of Nov. 7.  

The Riverton Police Department described the region as “an area frequented by local homeless people” and described Lonebear as a “transient.” 

“There was (sic) no visible signs of trauma or struggle and the fellow may have been trying to stay warm under the boxes,” wrote RPD public information officer Bart Ringer.  


An autopsy was conducted.  

Lonebear’s blood-alcohol content was .308 grams per 100 milliliters, according to a docket dispatched by the Fremont County Coroner.  

The legal limit to drive in Wyoming is a blood-alcohol content of .08.  

Lonebear’s manner of death is accidental, the docket says, adding that the cause is “hypothermia complicating acute and chronic ethanol abuse,” the docket says.  

Lonebear had no money or property on his person, other than his clothing.  

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