Crosswait, Reuben (Unknown - March 29, 1948)

GLENROCK MAN FOUND FROZEN

Douglas Enterprise - March 30, 1948

Glenrock. The body of Reuben Crosswait, 54, was found Tuesday noon in the rugged range country, approximately 25 miles north of Glenrock. The search for the missing man had been almost continuous from the time of his disappearance Sunday. In addition to Sheriff Al Lass and Deputies George Beach and Clarence McDermott, the searching party consisted of high school boys and a group of volunteers from Glenrock and vicinity.

Crosswait and Harry Crosley had been driving in the north country Sunday afternoon when their car became stalled in the mud and snow. Leaving Crosswait with the car, Crosley set out on foot to find aid. Returning later with help, the rancher was found missing, apparently having decided to set out for shelter. A search of the vicinity failed to locate the missing man and the sheriff's office was notified. The search, although hampered by darkness and the roughness of the country, continued through most of the night. Tuesday a plane was used, and the search was continued until the body of the missing man was discovered at a point about five miles east and a mile north of the Badger mine. Death was attributed to exposure and exhaustion, and it was believed that Crosswait had died early Monday morning.

From evidence gathered, Crosswait had walked and crawled for approximately 14 miles, and was just a short distance from a road when death overtook him. A haystack was burned late Sunday on the Judson place, which it is believed Crosswait may have fired in an effort to dry himself.

Funeral services for the victim were held at the Community church Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with Rev. Eugene Wilson officiating.

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