Coroner: Campbell County man’s death possibly due to hypothermia

GILLETTE, Wyo.— The death of Kendal Stafford remains a mystery with officials still working to determine an official cause of death Tuesday afternoon.

Stafford, a 39-year-old Campbell County resident, was reportedly found lying on the ground, dead, around 4:36 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, next to the O-SO Fun Dog Park at Hannum Road and Warlow Drive, Gillette Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson said on Monday, April 25.

Campbell County Coroner Paul Wallem on April 26 confirmed that an autopsy had been completed and that it appears Stafford may have succumbed to hypothermia, though he declined to state an official cause of death pending the results of an active toxicology investigation.

The toxicology report will reveal if drugs played a role in Stafford’s death, according to Wallem, who added that there is no specific reason to believe they did and that toxicology investigations are standard procedure for any potentially accidental death.

This is a developing story; check back for additional coverage by County 17.

39-year-old Kendal Stafford was found near the O-SO Fun Dog Park Sunday afternoon, April 24 (Ryan Lewallen/County 17)