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Search for Missing Lawyer Ends with Discovery of Body

Posted Jul 10, 2012 9:22 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A five-day search for a missing Wyoming lawyer ended on Saturday when he was found dead in his SUV near a dry lake.

Cody lawyer Charles George Kepler, a former president of the Wyoming Bar Association, was found just six days before his 90th birthday, the Billings Gazette reports. The car had become stuck in a way that Kepler was unable to get out of the vehicle, the Big Horn Radio Network reports.

Kepler had practiced law with former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson for more than 40 years, the Billings Gazette says. Simpson told the newspaper that he had suggested to Kepler that he carry a cellphone or get a location service in his car. Kepler had responded, “Not on your life.”

Kepler joined Simpson’s law firm in 1960 to avoid a transfer to Canada in his position as general counsel for Husky Oil. The two lawyers handled a variety of cases. “We tackled murder, divorce, incest, rape, cowboys tagging each other,” Simpson said. “There wasn’t anything we wouldn’t do because we thought a lawyer’s job was to represent human beings and not just a corporate balance sheet.”

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