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Man found dead in Flaming Gorge camper; deputies ask for help finding his family

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Authorities are asking for help finding the relatives of a man who was found dead in a camper trailer near Flaming Gorge Reservoir. (Photo: Bureau of Reclamation)

Sheriff's deputies need help finding family members of a 79-year-old man found dead in a camper near Flaming Gorge this week.

The man has been identified as Ronnie Baze Sumner. Sumner's body had likely been in the trailer for months, investigators said, and the death did not appear suspicious.

Sumner's remains were discovered in the camper near the Anvil Draw area by an unidentified individual who notified authorities.

"...through the course of investigation, sheriff's detectives have learned that Sumner led a solitary life, and they have been unable to identify any of his next-of-kin," according to the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies state Sumner is from Las Vegas, and has lived in Casper, Wyo., and Manila and Green River, Utah.

Anyone with information about Sumner's family is urged to contact Detective Sutton at 307-922-5343.