Wyoming news briefs for June 14

Posted 6/14/22

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Wyoming news briefs for June 14


Gillette sculpture commemorates UW athletes killed in wreck

GILLETTE — On June 6, Debbie and Jim McLeland and a small group of friends gathered in front of M&K Oil as a Bobcat lowered a bronze winged shoe, six feet in length, into place on a stump of petrified wood.

The sculpture commemorates the eight University of Wyoming cross-country runners who were killed by a drunken driver in 2001.

It serves as yet another reminder of the dangers of drunken driving.

Morgan McLeland was 21 years old when he died in that crash. This fall will mark the 21st anniversary of that incident.

For his mom, Debbie McLeland, time has flown by and simultaneously stood still.

“That’s the strange thing about it,” she said. “It doesn’t take much to just go right back to it, feel everything that you felt that day, and yet, it seems like, how could it possibly be this long?”

Each September, the community honors the memory of those eight runners with the Memory of the 8 Walk/Run. Now, with this sculpture, there will be a reminder that is up year round, ensuring the Memory of the 8 lives on.

The sculpture was created by local artist and dentist Dr. Patrick Love with Powder River Dental.

Love estimated it took between nine and 12 months to complete the sculpture, which measures 72 inches, or six feet, in length and stands 80 inches off the ground at its highest point.


Park County officials searching for missing Indiana man

CODY — The Park County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue is searching for a missing person near the Sunlight Creek Bridge.

On Thursday, June 9 at 4:48 P.M, the Park County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a report that a 2018 Red Jeep Wrangler, with an Indiana registration, had been parked in the above area for a couple of days and no one had been around it. It has been determined that the vehicle has been there since at least Sunday, June 5.

The vehicle is registered to Lance Daghy, who has been listed as a missing person, from Hobart, Ind. Daghy is a white male, 5 foot 6 inches, 130 pounds, with blue eyes and sandy blonde hair.

SAR is in the area with ground teams to try and locate Daghy. It is unknown as to whether he had the appropriate equipment and supplies for a multiple day stay in the wilderness, and it has been reported that he has no real backpacking or camping experience. Daghy has no known ties to the area.