Body Found In Rawlins Vacant Lot Identified As Local Man

Corey Willey of Rawlins was found dead on a Monday morning in a vacant lot in town with no obvious indications of criminal activity at the scene. His autopsy was ongoing Thursday.

Clair McFarland

March 23, 20231 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

A 33-year-old Rawlins man who went missing Saturday was found dead this week in a vacant lot in the town.  

Before his death, Corey Willey was last seen by a family member March 15 when he was supposedly leaving home with a friend, Rawlins Police Chief Mike Ward told Cowboy State Daily.  

Someone reported Willey missing three days later on Saturday.  

A reporting party discovered Willey’s body in a vacant lot in an industrial area in Rawlins at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, Ward said. He added that police did not yet know how long Willey had been dead.  

There are businesses in the area, but many of them were closed over the weekend, Ward added.  

The autopsy was ongoing Thursday, he said. Toxicology reports often take weeks longer than an autopsy.  

While a cause of death has not been officially determined, Ward said there were no obvious signs of trauma to Willey’s body and no indications of criminal activity at the scene. There also was no drug paraphernalia at the scene.  

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Clair McFarland

Crime and Courts Reporter