Remains Identified Reward Offered
The body of a young man found near Rock Springs on Sunday afternoon [August 19, 2012] has been officially confirmed to be that of a missing Rock Springs youth, the victim of murder.
In a joint release, Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell, Rock Springs Police Chief Mike Lowell, and County Coroner Dale Majhanovich said the remains have been positively identified as those of Rigoberto Alvarado, Jr., 17, who was reported missing to the Rock Springs Police Department by his father on July 30.
Haskell said a group of people exploring the remains of long-abandoned coal camps and coal mining operations outside of Rock Springs came upon the body and notified authorities. Officials said the focus of the investigation at this stage is on tracking Alvarado's movements, particularly on July 29, when he left the family's apartment in west Rock Springs at about 8:30 PM. He did not return home that night, and his father contacted the Police Department the next day.
A reward of $5,000 is being offered for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of person or persons involved in Alvarado's death. Anyone who has such information is asked to contact either the Rock Springs Police Department at (307) 389-0264 or the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office at (307) 350-4010.