LARAMIE COUNTY, WY. (THECOUNT) — Athian Rivera, the Wyoming toddler reported missing on Friday, has been discovered dead Monday in an Laramie County apartment complex dumpster.
The body of Rivera, 2, was found in a dumpster at a Cheyenne apartment complex on Monday.
Rivera was found several hours after he was reported missing in Cheyenne around 1 p.m. Friday. Police said Monday they suspected foul play but haven’t said how the boy died, reports MyFox8.
Notes of condolence and dozens of stuffed animals were attached to a chain-link fence partially surrounding a dumpster at the apartment complex Monday. A fierce wind blew and few people were out in the area.
The Facebook account of Cheyenne resident Kassy Orona led with “RIP my perfect innocent son, Athian Emmanuel Rivera” and included several posts of mourning.
“I don’t know how I’ll ever get over this … you’ll always be with me baby boy,” read one post by Orona’s account Friday.
The post indicated Orona had two other children but didn’t explain or hint at how the toddler died or got in the dumpster. Orona didn’t return a Facebook message seeking comment and didn’t have a listed phone number.
Police and firefighters conducted an extensive search Friday after hearing of the missing toddler. They used a reverse 911 call to tell people within a half-mile (1 kilometer) of the Lexington Hills apartment complex to be on the lookout for him.
Geo quick facts: Laramie County is a county located at the southeast corner of the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 91,738, making it the most populous county in Wyoming, but the least populous county in the United States to be the most populous in its state – Wikipedia.