Posted at 5 p.m. Oct. 27, 2016

Authorities search for body of missing 13-month-old boy

Missing child's body discarded in campus trash bin, transported to Colorado landfill

Laramie County Sheriff’s Department detectives say the body of a 13-month-old boy from Cheyenne, missing since Saturday, Oct. 22, could be located in a landfill in Ault, Colorado, according to a press release from the department.

Capt. Linda K. Gesell said the boy was dumped in a garbage bin on the Laramie County Community College campus near the rodeo arena. The bin has since been emptied and the contents taken to the landfill in Ault. Gesell said investigators were told the boy’s body was placed in the trash bin by the person who put the body there. She did not elaborate further.

No one involved with LCCC is implicated or suspected, Gesell said, and LCCC Campus Safety and Security is cooperating with the Sheriff’s Department to analyze on-campus security video.

Authorities in Colorado and Wyoming are working to search the landfill, but Gesell said it is a long process with many factors to take into account. The size of the landfill alone will be a major hurdle and create a long search process, she said.

“Searching a landfill this size is quite a big task,” Gesell said.

For a search like this to be undertaken, authorities have to comply with Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards before anything can happen, Gesell said.

The missing boy’s grandfather contacted police on Oct. 26 after the boy’s mother told him she had not seen her son since Oct. 22, the release said.

According to the release, deputies responded to 1529 Hellwig Road where the grandfather informed them the child had been given to a man named “Santiago” by the boyfriend of the mother of the child to take the boy fishing. Neither the mother nor the boyfriend knew Santiago’s last name or where he lived, the release said.

Gesell said no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.