Feds investigate bodies found on Wyo. reservation

By Matt Joyce
Cheyenne, Wyoming (AP) 6-08

The bodies of three people were found June 4 in a housing complex on a vast American Indian reservation, and the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs were investigating, officials said.

Authorities released few details about the victims found on the Wind River Indian Reservation, how they died or their tribal status.

“There are a lot of rumors that do take place, as with any community,” said Jonathan Barela, a spokesman for the Northern Arapaho tribe. “... Unfortunately, the Northern Arapaho tribal members can only speculate at this time.”

The bodies were found in a home at the Beaver Creek Housing Development, a tribal complex south of Riverton, Barela said.

FBI agent Kathleen Wright said her agency was working with BIA police to investigate and could not comment on whether foul play was suspected.

The reservation covers more than 3,400 square miles in mountainous central-western Wyoming. It is home to both the Northern Arapaho tribe, which has more than 8,500 members, and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, which has 4,200 members.

Associated Press writer Ben Neary in Cheyenne contributed to this report.