The Dawes County Sheriff’s Office and Dawes County Attorney/Coroner, Vance Haug, were recently called to investigate two unrelated deaths in rural Dawes County.
At approximately 1:00pm on Saturday, August 1, Dawes County Deputies and Haug were called to investigate the death of 86 year old, Dawes County resident, Wayne Brickner who was found off Egan Road, near his home, by family members.
After interviews were conducted and an investigation of the scene was processed, it was determined that Brickner was spraying weeds on a steep incline near the road when his 4 wheel ATV rolled over top of him, causing fatal blunt force trauma injuries to his chest.
At approximately 8:30pm on Monday, August 3, Haug and Dawes County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to investigate the death of Everette Emerson. The 70 year old Washington resident was traveling with his wife and friends and stopped at a rural Dawes County campground to spend the night when Emerson suddenly became unresponsive. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
After interviews of witnesses and medical personnel, an autopsy and toxicological screening were ordered. That autospy took place in Scottsbluff at 10am today. Further details will be released when available and as needed.