(Jackson, Wyo.) - It has been a question on the minds of the family, friends and co-workers of Aldane Mullings -- What happened before he died of hyperthermia near Rafter J in late January? This question has been the root of many rumors spreading around Jackson Hole over the last two weeks. At approximately 6:28 a.m. on January 27, the Teton County Sheriff's Office received a call that the body of 30-year-old Mullings was found near the entrance to Rafter J.
his death, law enforcement has been investigating how Mullings got to
Rafter J, as well as what he did the night before his death.
Here is the current timeline of Mullings' movements prior to his death,
according to the Teton County Sheriff's Office:
*12:30 a.m.: Mullings Leaves The Rose in a Cab*
"Mr. Mullings left the Rose at approximately 12:30 a.m. in a taxi with a
friend and went to the Lexington. He was unable to secure a room for the
night. He got a ride from the friend who lives near Rafter J and he was
going to stay the night with the friend," stated the Teton County Sheriff's
Office in a release issued today.
*2:00 a.m.: Mullings Exits the Vehicle at the North Rafter J Entrance*
"Mr. Mullings was being belligerent so the friend let him out of the
vehicle at the north Rafter J entrance (Big Trails Drive) at approximately
2:00 a.m. Mr. Mullings was left with his cigarettes and cell phone but no
coat, hat or gloves. He was last seen alive under the street light at the
North Rafter J entrance (Big Trails Drive). By the friend’s account,
Mullings was laughing and walking fine."
*4:56 - 6:09 a.m. 4 Vehicles Pass by the Area*
According to the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, they have video of four (4)
other vehicles passing this area at 4:56 a.m., 5:12 a.m., 5:48 a.m. and
"We have talked to the drivers of two (2) of the vehicles (the 5:12 a.m.
and the 5:48 a.m. vehicles). We would very much like to speak with the
drivers of the other two (2) vehicles. The driver of the vehicle, which
passes at 6:09 a.m., would be of particular interest in understanding
Mulings’ movements prior to his death."
*6:28 a.m.: Motorist Reports Mullings Body*
"Mullings body was reported to Teton County Sheriff’s Office at
approximately 6:28 a.m. by a passing motorist lying in the south Rafter J
entrance (Tensleep Drive)."
The Sheriff's Office says that, according to the forensic pathologist, the
injuries to Mullings were superficial and played no part in his death.
Mullings died of hypothermia due to exposure.
As of today, the Sheriff's Office hasn't cited anyone for criminal charges
for letting him out of the vehicle.
"It was cold, Mullings was intoxicated and he did not have winter clothing
appropriate for extended exposure to the cold, but he had a cell phone, was
left at a major intersection with lighting, seemed to be functioning okay
and there are many safe refuges from the cold in close proximity. The
sheriff’s office will be forwarding the case to the county attorney to
review for charges," concluded the Teton County Sheriff's Office in its
*Feature Photo: Aldane Mullings. Pitchengine Communities*