Missing former White House chef found dead

61-year-old Walter Scheib was found Sunday night near a hiking trail in mountains in the Taos, New Mexico area.

Former White House chef Walter Scheib was found dead after reportedly going on a hike alone in the mountains near the Taos Ski Valley.
Authorities say searchers have found the body of Walter Schieb, 61, shown in this 2004 file photo, who had been missing for more than a week after going hiking in the New Mexico mountains. (AP file)

TAOS, N.M. (AP) – Authorities say 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.

The New Mexico State Patrol says the body of 61-year-old Walter Scheib was found Sunday night near a hiking trail in mountains in the Taos area.

The police statement did not provide a cause of death or any other details about the discovery of the body.

Scheib recently moved to New Mexico. He served as White House chef for 11 years under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush

Police say he reportedly went for a hike June 13 in the mountains near the Taos Ski Valley. They say his girlfriend reported him missing the next day.

Taos police say they found his vehicle Tuesday parked at a canyon trailhead.

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