TAOS, N.M. — Searchers have found the body of a former White House chef who had been missing for more than a week after going hiking in the New Mexico mountains, authorities said.
The body of 61-year-old Walter Scheib was found Sunday night near a hiking trail in mountains in the Taos area, the New Mexico State Police said.
“The body was discovered off the immediate trail,” a State Patrol statement said.
Authorities did not provide a cause of death or any other details about the discovery, saying rescuers were still gathering information and more details would be released later.
Scheib was White House chef for 11 years under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and recently moved from Florida to Taos.
He reportedly went for a hike June 13 in the mountains near the Taos Ski Valley. His girlfriend reported him missing the next day.
Taos police found his vehicle Tuesday parked at the Yerba Canyon trailhead. The four-mile trail follows a canyon bottom before climbing to 3,700 feet in elevation, according to the US Forest Service website.
As the search progressed, the New Mexico State Police said they were exhausting all resources in the effort. The U.S. Air Force and the New Mexico National Guard assisted, but an air search was made difficult with the presence of high mountain peaks, deep canyons and dense vegetation. The rough terrain has also made the ground search harder.
The search Sunday included resources from the Civil Air Patrol, the National Guard, the State Police, and volunteers.