The story of a young artist who walked into the Southwestern desert and vanished, and the legends he left behind—includes his personal correspondence.
The story of Everett Ruess, who set out into the desert with two burros in 1934 and disappeared into the wilderness of Southern Utah, has for decades been one of the most intriguing mysteries of western lore. A Californian off on an adventure at the age of twenty, he loved poetry, nature, art, and beauty. His family had tracked his wanderings for four years as he explored Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico—and then Everett disappeared without a trace.
Then, in 2008, an old Navajo Indian came forward with information that he had witnessed a murder in 1934, probably that of young Ruess. In addition to extensive letters by Ruess himself providing an insight into his mind and heart, this book tells how the bones were recovered and multiple DNA tests were done amid much suspense and speculation, and how a family was affected by the ultimate results.
Includes a new epilogue