The body of Micah True, an internationally renowned distance runner and subject of the book Born to Run, was recovered by Grant County Search and Rescue and US Forest Service personnel on Sunday, April 1st.
True had been missing since last Tuesday morning, when he departed from the nearby small town of Gila Hot Springs, where he had been staying with friends, for a 12 mile run. He was found by friends some two miles off-trail and two miles south of the park’s Cliff Dwellings Unit on Saturday afternoon.
At the peak of the search on Saturday, some 75 searchers on foot and another dozen on horseback were in the field. New Mexico State Police, Army National Guard and Civil Air Patrol furnished helicopters and fixed wing aircraft for the search and to provide for radio coverage in the rugged terrain of the Gila Wilderness. The five day search and recovery effort was based out of the multi-agency Gila Visitor Center, where NPS staff provided logistical support.