Wyoming toddler found dead in dumpster
by: Associated press, Nexstar media cable
Posted: 02/23/2021/7:34 AM EST
Updated: 02/23/2021 / 7:34 a.m. EST
Stuffed animals and condolences can be seen on Monday, February 22, 2021 on a fence around a dumpster in an apartment complex in Cheyenne, Wyo., Where a 2-year-old boy was found dead. The toddler’s body was found in a dumpster several hours after he was reported missing on Friday, February 19. (AP Photo / Mead Gruver)
CHEYENNE, Wyo (AP) – Wyoming police on Monday investigated the death of a two-year-old boy whose body was found in a dumpster at an apartment complex.
Athian Rivera was found several hours after he was reported missing in Cheyenne at around 1 p.m. on Friday. Police said Monday they suspected foul play but did not say how the boy died.
Letters of condolence and dozens of stuffed animals were posted on a chain link fence that partially surrounded a dumpster in the residential complex on Monday. A strong wind was blowing and few people were out in the area.
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The Facebook account of Kassy Orona, who lives in Cheyenne, had “RIP my perfect innocent son, Athian Emmanuel Rivera” and contained several mourning messages.
“I don’t know how I’ll ever get over it … you’ll always be with me, baby,” read a post from Orona’s account on Friday.
The Post indicated that Orona had two other children but did not explain or suggest how the toddler died or ended up in the dumpster. Orona did not return a Facebook message requesting a comment and did not have a listed phone number.
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Police and fire departments conducted an extensive search on Friday after hearing about the missing toddler. They used a reverse 911 call to tell people within a half mile of the Lexington Hills apartment complex to keep an eye out for him.