Both the locations of where Minshew's car and body were found in White Sands National Park were not released. The locational data will be missing for this listing until Missing NPF is able to map more accurate locations.
WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, New Mexico -- A hiker was found dead at White Sands National Monument over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, officials said Tuesday, July 6, 2021, but no foul play was suspected. He went missing on July 4, 2021.
The deceased hiker was identified as Jeffrey Minshew, 63, of Moriarty, New Mexico.
Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue crews said they located the hiker's body about 4:30p Monday, July 5, 2021, after a large and extensive search - both on foot and utilizing ATVs - was launched after authorities noticed an unoccupied vehicle in the park.
MVSR said Organ Mountain Technical Rescue, park rangers and U.S. Border Patrol agents were also involved in the search and rescue effort that led to the discovery of the missing hiker's body.
Authorities urged those who go hiking at White Sands to be prepared with water and supplies - and also not to hike alone.
63 years old
Classification: DAY/NIGHT HIKER
Foul Play Suspected: No
Suspected Suicide: Unknown / Undisclosed
Reported missing on July 4, 2021 - 28 days, 18 hours, 26 minutes ago
Found on July 5, 2021 - 27 days, 1 hours, 46 minutes ago
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Jul 07, 2021 at 17:43
This case file was last modified on
Jul 14, 2021 at 17:14
This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 5046
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