The Casper Police Department, with the assistance of the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, has recovered the body of local resident Ryan Schroeder in rural Natrona County and is investigating his death as a homicide.
The body, discovered in rural Natrona County, was located after a nearly two-month investigation into the disappearance of Schroeder.
Schroeder was reported missing to the Casper Police Department on July 6, 2021. Immediately upon receiving the report, officers began interviewing multiple individuals known to Schroeder including those who had physically been with him in the days leading up to his disappearance. Officers were told Schroeder was planning to leave Casper for a trip to Denver around June 24, 2021.
The Casper Police Department Investigative Services Unit began an intensive investigation into this case, which led detectives to believe Schroeder may be deceased. The investigation brought officers to a location in rural Natrona County and, with the help of the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, led them to recover a body. On September 1st, 2021, that body was identified as missing person, Ryan Schroeder.
Detectives do not believe this to be a random act and do not believe there is a threat to the public. Detectives are continuing to actively investigate this homicide and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Casper Police Department at 307-235-8278. Reports can also be made anonymously and potentially be eligible for a monetary reward by reporting through Crime Stoppers of Central Wyoming by calling 307-577-8477 or online at crime-stoppers.com.
Due to the active and sensitive nature of this investigation, no further information will be released at this time to ensure the integrity of the case. The Casper Police Department remains dedicated to transparency with our community and will share public updates as they become available.
The Casper Police Department extends our deepest condolences to the loved ones of Ryan Schroeder and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure justice is served.
The Casper Police Department would like to thank the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations, and Natrona County Emergency Management for their assistance in this case.
The Casper Police Department is dedicated to the protection and safety of our community through the highest standards of professionalism in police services.