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Weld County, Wyoming authorities look for 13-month-old boy’s body in Ault landfill

Catherine Sweeney
csweeney@greeleytribune.com

Weld County Sheriff's Office deputies pitched in as Wyoming officials began planning a search for a 13-month-old boy's body in a landfill west of Ault on Thursday.

Laramie County Sheriff's officials believe the boy's body was dumped in a trash bin in Laramie County Community College and the contents of that bin were taken to the landfill, according to a news release from the department. The landfill is about five miles west of Ault, near the intersection of Colo. 14 and Weld County Road 25.

Laramie deputies responded to a call about the child Wednesday, when his grandfather reported him missing from his home at 1529 Hellwig Road in Cheyenne. He hadn't been seen since Saturday.

"This is the first time we've had to go through something like this," said Laramie County's Capt. Linda Gessell.

Authorities having to comply with a host of federal rules and regulations, including those coming down from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They're also struggling to get heavy equipment into the site, she said.

Officials dropped by the site, but they haven't started an official investigation.

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"Our deputies met them out there earlier this morning … but they did leave around noon," Weld County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Cpl. Matt Turner said Thursday. "No actual search started today."

Family members told Laramie County deputies the mother's boyfriend had given the boy to a family friend known as "Santiago" so the two could go fishing, according to the news release. No one involved knew the man's full name or where he lived.

The release doesn't specify what happened between the time the boy was given to "Santiago" and the time officials believe the boy was placed in the college's trash bin.

"This investigation is very much in the early stages and at this point no further information will be released," the release stated.

The timeline for Weld County Sheriff's official was short, Turner said. They got a call Thursday morning.

"Laramie County has called and informed us they were going to reach out to a landfill in Ault," Turner said. "They are doing some kind of investigation."

When one agency goes into another's jurisdiction, it's common for both to have representatives on the scene, he said.