Man identified in Yellowstone crash, arrest where woman was found dead

The Wyoming U.S. Attorney’s office has filed a motion to detain Michael Wayne McCollum, 47, of Texas, to ensure he appears to face charges related to his arrest in Yellowstone National Park on Monday following the crash of a vehicle in which a female passenger was found dead.

McCollum faces drug and traffic charges after being arrested by park rangers along Craig Pass, about 3 miles south of Old Faithful on the road to Yellowstone Lake. When rangers arrived McCollum was found standing outside a vehicle smashed into a snowbank.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide identified the woman as 38-year-old Catheryn Danyelle Griffin. The Teton County Coroner’s Office is conducting an autopsy.

The U.S. Attorney’s office filed a motion arguing McCollum is a flight risk and a danger to others. Among the charges McCollum faces are operating a vehicle under a suspended or revoked license, possession of a controlled substance and that the woman was not wearing a seat belt.

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His detention hearing is scheduled for May 18 at the Yellowstone Justice Center in Mammoth Hot Springs. Until then he is being held by the U.S. Marshals Service in

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