Coroner reports his cases are up so far this year over 2018.

Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen told the county commissioners on Tuesday that of the 248 recorded deaths in the county for the first three quarters of the year, 48 percent or 118 were coroner cases. When compared with last year, the number of cases has increased by eight.

Non natural deaths account for 39 percent of the coroner’s caseload, compared with 25 percent last year at this time. He reported the number of accideental deaths is 29, eight more than 2018 at this time, the number of deaths by Suicide is 10, which is six more than at the same time last year, and the number of homicides is at seven, which is five more than the first three quarters of last year.

He said 11 deaths were due to vehicle crashes, and of those, nine were drug and or alcohol related. There were two pedestrians killed by vehicles and one death from an ATV crash. Five of the six persons killed in vehicles were not wearing seat belts.