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Remains of missing Texas woman found in Cody

POWELL (WNE) — The remains of a 29-year-old woman who’d been missing for weeks were found Monday in Cody. 

On Wednesday, police identified the deceased as Rachel Sirman of Texas. Cody police said they’d had “intermittent contact” with Sirman between September 2020 and June 2021, describing her as transient. Sirman’s family had notified Cody police she was missing on Dec. 16, the department said; the report was not publicized at the time. 

It was around 10 a.m. Monday when landscapers who’d been working on a hillside above Sulfur Creek reported finding part of a human body behind a residence in the 1300 block of Sunset Boulevard. 

Cody Police Department spokesman John Harris said his agency enlisted the assistance of a Park County Search and Rescue cadaver canine and “additional remains were located in a temporary camp near the bottom of Sulfur Creek.” 

An autopsy was performed by forensic pathologist Dr. Thomas Bennett on Tuesday in Basin, and personal property found at the site corroborated the findings that the remains belonged to Sirman, police said. 

“Sirman was a transient who was known to camp in the area [where] the remains were found,” Officer Harris said in Wednesday afternoon’s statement. 

The department did not release a suspected cause of death, saying only that final reports from Bennett and Park County Coroner Tim Power were pending. 

“The investigation will continue,” Harris said, “however at this time there are no indications of any criminality involved in Sirman’s death.”

This story was originally published on Jan. 6 in the Powell Tribune.

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