Sweetwater County officials identified the man whose body was found near Superior on Tuesday, according to a news release early Friday evening.

Darrell Douglas Sowder was 59 when he went missing in Superior, about 20 miles northeast of Rock Springs in October 2015, according to a joint news release from Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell and County Coroner Dale Majhanovich

An autopsy was performed in Loveland, Colo., on Thursday.

A comparison of dental records confirmed the identity on Friday, Majhanovich said.

Sowder was last seen at his Superior home about 12:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 2015. Family members who reported him missing told investigating deputies they feared Sowder might harm himself.

Ground searches were unsuccessful during the deputies' investigation.

Lowell said the body was found through deployment of a specially-trained cadaver dog.

The news release did not identify the precise location of the discovery of the body.

Detectives are waiting for the results of laboratory tests after the autopsy.

The investigation into the cause of Sowder's death continues.

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