Famus Ultrarunner still missing

Posted:   03/30/2012 06:38:00 PM MDT


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Search and rescue team members prepare to search… (Courtesy Photo by New Mexico Search and Rescue)

SILVER CITY —- Search and rescue teams continue to scour the wilderness surrounding the Gila Cliff Dwellings for Micah True, the famed runner from Boulder, Colo., who was reported as missing on Wednesday afternoon.Fourteen search and rescue teams — including three dog teams, five horse teams, a National Guard helicopter and a Civil Air Patrol fixed-wing aircraft — began searching Friday morning after Thursday night’s search was suspended at 11 p.m., according to Incident Commander Frankie Benoist. Benoist said that teams expanded the search Friday and covered previously searched areas in order to increase the probability of detection, which is the estimate of probability that the subject is within a specific area.

“We’re expanding our search to farther areas,” said Benoist. “We’re going as far as a 15-mile radius from Incident Base (the Gila Visitors Center).”

At press time, Incident Command Staff reported that although searchers had found a couple of clues Friday afternoon, including a pair of sunglasses and a hat, nothing panned out.

“We thought we had something, but it turned out not to be,” said Dave Kuthe, section chief with New Mexico Search and Rescue. “We talked to close associates of the gentleman and the articles didn’t match.”

Benoist said that a dog team picked up a scent during the afternoon as well, but Kuthe said that it “didn’t prove productive.”

If nothing else is found before sundown, Kuthe said that the search would be suspended for the

night and pick back up today by 7:30 a.m.

Search and rescue teams in the area Friday included Grant County Search and Rescue, Luna County Search and Rescue, Dona Ana County Search and Rescue, Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue, Organ Mountain Technical Rescue Squad, Southern New Mexico Search and Rescue, BORSTAR, Alamogordo Search and Rescue, White Mountain Search and Rescue, Cibola Search and Rescue, New Mexico Mountain Search and Rescue, Chaves County Search and Rescue, the Forest and Park services, the National Guard and Civil Air Patrol.

True, a 58-year-old “ultra-runner,” is the race director of The Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, a 50-plus mile extreme race that took place in Urique, Mexico on March 4 and has been featured in the magazines “Running Times” and “Outside.” He was the central character — known as “Caballo Blanco” — in the New York Times best-selling non-fiction book “Born to Run,” by Christopher McDougall.

He was staying at The Wilderness Lodge near the Gila Cliff Dwellings when he went for a run on Tuesday morning, according to Brian Fuller, Incident Commander of Thursday’s search. When True hadn’t returned by Wednesday morning, Jane and Dean Brummer, co-owners of the Lodge, contacted State Police and the search was initiated. They said he had a water bottle and was wearing shorts, a T-shirt and running shoes when he left.

“He left his car and dog here and he ran up the road to where the trailheads are,” said Dean, who helped search on Wednesday and Thursday. “So they don’t know which trail he would have taken. He didn’t tell anybody where he was going and it’s a pretty big wilderness out there. We’ve looked in all the obvious places, and a lot of the not-so obvious.”

Aaron West can be reached at (575) 538-5893 ext. 5803


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Devoted Father, Husband and Employee.Endurance sports fanatic (running,cycling,swimming).Triathlon athlete and coach.If only days had more than 24 hours.

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