Michael Wayne McCollum of Texas, 47 years old, has been identified as the man arrested after a woman was found dead in a vehicle in Yellowstone National Park on Saturday, May 13.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Wyoming, McCollum is facing three misdemeanor charges of operating under a suspected or revoked license, possession of a controlled substance, and occupants of care not using seat belts.
His detention hearing is set for Thursday, May 18, 2023, in Mammoth, Wyoming.
According to the motion for detention hearing documents, this case is eligible for a detention order because there is a "serious risk Defendant will flee" and a "serious risk obstruction of justice."
The identity of the woman has not yet been released, nor the suspected cause or manner of her death.
There is no word at this point whether or not McCollum is implicated in the woman's death.
We will update you as we get more information.
(1st REPORT, MAY 15) Law enforcement officials are investigating after a woman was found dead in Yellowstone National Park on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
A news release from Yellowstone National Park says that park rangers responded to an incident on Craig Pass, about three miles south of Old Faithful.
Rangers found a man standing outside of a vehicle that had apparently been driven into a snowbank, and they found a deceased woman inside the car.
Authorities have not released the name of the woman pending notification of her family, and are working to determine the cause and manner of her death.
The man was arrested for drug possession and other traffic-related charges.
There is no word at this point whether or not the man is implicated in the woman's death; his name has not yet been released.
The road between Old Faithful and West Thumb was closed for approximately 24 hours while the scene was processed and was reopened on Sunday evening.
The investigation is being conducted by the National Park Service (Investigative Services Branch and Yellowstone Law Enforcement Division), with support from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Teton County Coroner’s Office.
We will update you if we get more information.
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