Man Found Dead Under Lander Bridge Accidentally Drowned, Coroner Says

Laziur Hanway, 66, found dead by two boys July 1 under a bridge in Lander, died of accidental freshwater drowning, the coroner's office has ruled, with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.346.

Clair McFarland

September 05, 20231 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

The man two young boys found dead in July under a bridge in Lander has been identified as 66-year-old Laziur Hanway.

Two young boys reported to another party July 1 that they’d found a body lying under the bridge at Main Street in Lander, according to a call notation by the Lander Police Department.

The body was “just laying in plain sight,” police wrote. The bridge stretching across Lander’s main street leads to a riverside path that hikers frequent.

The boys discovered Hanway’s body just four days before what would have been Hanway’s 67th birthday. His body was “moderately decomposed,” according to a docket report the Fremont County Coroner sent Tuesday to Cowboy State Daily.

Hanway’s death was an accident caused by freshwater drowning, the docket says.

His blood-alcohol concentration was 0.346 grams per 100 milliliters of blood, plus 5.4 milligrams of isopropanol per deciliter of blood.

He was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 160 pounds, with brown hair and eyes, the docket says.

Law enforcement collected Hanway’s clothing.

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