Lincoln Monument File Photo

The Lincoln Monument at the Summit Pass Rest Area overlooks Interstate 80. A body was found near the rest area on Blair Wallis Road Sunday.

The body of a dead man located near Blair Wallis Road in the section of Medicine Bow National Forest just east of Laramie was found Sunday after deputies with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office received reports of its presence, according to a news release issued today.

A cause of death has yet to be determined, according to the news release. An autopsy has been scheduled.

The body has been identified as 35-year-old Cheyenne resident Brent Dougherty. Dougherty was reported missing Jan. 21, and he was last seen walking down Blair Wallis road near the Summit Rest Area and Visitors Center just off Interstate 80. The news release said search efforts following Dougherty’s disappearance were hindered by heavy snowfall and strong winds.

The release added the incident is still under “active investigation.”

Albany County Undersheriff Josh DeBree said Monday he could not provide any additional information before deadline.

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