- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) - Unclaimed human remains in Fremont County will be buried from now on, not cremated, due to concerns about litigation.

Coroner Mark Stratmoen tells The Ranger of Riverton (http://bit.ly/1TS0hPD ) that the decision came in response to liability concerns expressed by the Wyoming Funeral Directors Association. He says sometimes surviving relatives come to claim remains after they have been cremated and sue funeral homes.

Stratmoen says the county has the legal authority to cremate the remains, but legal proceedings to prove as much can be expensive.

Wyoming law states that if a body is not claimed within five days of the date of discovery and the death does not require further investigation, the body will be considered unclaimed and come the responsibility of the county.

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Information from: The (Riverton, Wyo.) Ranger, http://www.dailyranger.com

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