Wolf Creek Remains Identified

Natrona County Coroner Connie Jacobson and Sgt. Aaron Shatto announce the identification of remains found near Wolf Creek to be Michael "Bradyn" Fuksa, of Olathe, Kansas, on Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Natrona County Sheriff's Office in Casper. Fuksa was last seen July 16, 2009, near Wheatland. His remains were found with a handgun, and his death was ruled a suicide. (Ryan Dorgan, Star-Tribune)

Authorities have identified human remains discovered Sunday near Casper as a Kansas man who disappeared six years ago while traveling through Wyoming.

Michael "Bradyn" Fuksa died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Natrona County Coroner Connie Jacobson told reporters Friday morning. A 9 mm Beretta was found near his remains.

Authorities connected the gun to Fuksa through a serial number on the weapon. His identity was confirmed through dental records.

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Fuksa was from Olathe, Kansas. He disappeared July 2009 and was last seen changing a flat tire near Wheatland. Later that day, a state trooper reported his Ford Explorer abandoned on Interstate 25 at mile marker 122.

Officials don't know how he got from there to the Wolf Creek area, west of Wal-Mart off of CY Avenue, where two people found his bones while hiking Sunday.

Authorities hope to release Fuksa's body to his family by the end of the weekend or early next week. 

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