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Wyoming police release photograph of headless corpse's BELT

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  • Body was found by duck hunters along a rural Wyoming road on January 9
  • Wyoming detectives are still unable to identify him despite public appeals
  • They have now released an image of his unusual belt and buckle in the hope co-workers, friends or relatives may recognise it
  • Its design suggests a form of leather craftsmanship known as 'piteado' - which is common in Mexico and Guatemala
  • Victim was also wearing jeans and top-of-the-line work boots when he died
  • He was of medium height and stocky build and may have been an agricultural or ranch worker

By Suzannah Hills

PUBLISHED: 05:11 EST, 28 January 2014 | UPDATED: 05:44 EST, 28 January 2014

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Murder detectives have released an image of a unique belt and buckle found on a headless corpse in the hopes it will help identify the male victim.

The man's headless body was found by duck hunters along a rural Wyoming roadside in Cody, near the border with Montana, on January 9.

Wyoming Park County Sheriff's Office have so far been unable to identify him so released the image of the unusual belt.

They hope co-workers, friends or relatives may recognise it and be able to help identify his body.

Unusual: Wyoming police have released this image of a belt and buckle found on a headless corpse int he hopes it may help to identify him

Unusual: Wyoming police have released this image of a belt and buckle found on a headless corpse int he hopes it may help to identify him

The craftsmanship and design of his belt and buckle, which depicts the head of horse, suggest a form of leather craftsmanship known as 'piteado', associated with villages in Mexico and Guatemala and popular with horsemen or cowboys.

Sheriff Scott Steward said: 'This is not to say that the victim was from those regions. It is simply a design native to those areas. It would be irresponsible of us to eliminate any possibilities at this stage.'

An autopsy by a Wyoming forensic pathologist determined the man died of multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.

Investigators, aided by cadaver dogs, have scoured the sagebrush flats near where the body was found but have so far failed to locate the man's head or other unspecified body parts that were likely removed after death.

Crime scene: The dead man's decapitated body was found by duck hunters on a rural Wyoming roadside on January 9. It is believed he was shot to death two days earlier

Crime scene: The dead man's decapitated body was found by duck hunters on a rural Wyoming roadside on January 9. It is believed he was shot to death two days earlier

Mr Steward added: 'The sheriff's office will continue to aggressively pursue this investigation with primary focus on identifying the victim and bringing his killers to justice.'

As well as the decorative belt, the man was wearing jeans and top-of-the-line work boots when he was killed on or around January 7.

He was of medium height and stocky build and may have been an agricultural or ranch worker. He was described by authorities as a Caucasian or very light-skinned Hispanic male younger than 35 years old.

But where the man was from, where he resided and whether he was killed in rural Wyoming or elsewhere, are not yet known and no suspects are in custody.

Mr Steward said authorities were following up on dozens of leads but had not yet been able to identify the man.

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