Missing man's body found under house; FBI to probe

Dec 5, 2017 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A man reported missing last month was found dead Nov. 30, the Fremont County Coroner's Office confirmed.

The Riverton Police Department last week requested help locating Charles "Chuck" Dodge III, 36, of Arapahoe, who had last been seen Nov. 21 at the Maverik convenience store on South Federal Boulevard in Riverton, according to reports at the time.

This week, however, officials said they have not been able to confirm the information about Dodge's whereabouts based on a review of surveillance videos at the store.

"They looked at a couple days of video, (and) he wasn't on there," RPD Lt. Wes Romero said Tuesday.

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation will look into the death, noting that Dodge's body was found on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The initial call to law enforcement that resulted in the discovery of Dodge's body was made at about 5:45 p.m. Nov. 30 and was listed as a "suspicious person/circumstances" report. Radio traffic indicated the caller on Great Plains Road had smelled something unusual and had followed the scent to a crawl space under a house, where the body was found.

An ambulance crew and police officers were sent to the scene, but by 6:15 p.m. law enforcement had cancelled the ambulance and asked dispatchers to call the coroner's office, according to the scanner.

Officials at the coroner's office said Dodge's autopsy was completed Saturday; results are expected in four to six weeks.

Dodge's death notice states he was from Arapahoe.

When Dodge's family members contacted the RPD last week, they said he had not taken any personal items or his cell phone with him when he left his home, and that behavior was out of character for him, according to previous reports.

They initially contacted the Bureau of Indian Affairs and filed a missing person report, officials said at the time; relatives also posted messages online asking for information.

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