I found out the book Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer, by David Roberts, is on sale in its Kindle form for just $1.99. I’m not sure how long the deal’s going to last, though.
I had Everett on Charley years ago — he disappeared from Utah in 1934. Then there was big news cause they thought his skeletal remains had been found, and I removed him and put up a resolved notice. Then it turned out the remains weren’t his. But I’ve never put him back up.
Thought y’all would like to know about this. I’ve never read the book, but if you’ve got a Kindle and a spare two bucks, it seems worth checking out.
It seems like there have been a lot of missing persons books that have come out, or are about to come out, lately. I just found another: Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer by David Roberts, with a forward by Jon Krakauer of Into the Wild fame. You may recall that, a few years ago, they claimed to have found Everett’s skeleton (he had been robbed and murdered by Ute Indians). I actually went and resolved his Charley Project case. Then it turned out they were wrong, but I never put his case back up because I’m a lazy bastard.
Anyway, Finding Everett Ruess just came out last month and my local library has it. Both copies are checked out right now but I’ve put the book on hold.
The body of Everett Ruess, a young man who disappeared in the Utah desert SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, has apparently been identified. A witness allegedly saw a man chased and killed by some young Ute Indians, and he buried the body under rocks afterward. The story became public in 2008 after the witness’s family ‘fessed up. It’s said that DNA has confirmed the identification 10 billion to one, but it’s not really official until the National Geographic makes an announcement next week.
I am stunned. Frankly, I didn’t believe he would ever get found. This is the oldest resolved missing persons case I can think of, excepting the Romanovs. But they were a special case, being assassinated royalty and all.
It just goes to show you should never give up, because there’s always the possibility, however remote, that something will happen and you will find answers.
The Monterey Herald
The Salt Lake Tribune