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Ewasko went missing on June 24, 2010. An initial search was called off after a week. However, many further attempts to find him continued over the years.
According to a 2018 article in the New York Times, Ewasko was an avid hiker and Vietnam vet who traveled by himself from his home in suburban Atlanta to Joshua Tree and he planned to hike for several days.
On June 24, Ewasko's girlfriend, Mary Winston, became concerned when she did not hear from Ewasko after dusk. Winston reported him missing the next day. On June 26, his rental car was found at Juniper Flats trailhead. On July 5, 11 days later, the official search was called off. However, an informal group of sleuths continued to look for Ewasko over the years.
Winston, reached Wednesday night by The Desert Sun, declined to talk about Ewasko.
Mara Rodriguez of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said the Specialized Investigations Division recovered human remains and the investigation is ongoing.
"We have no confirmation of who the deceased is and will not be releasing any information about the identity until our Coroner's Division has completed their process and the next of kin has been notified," she said in an e-mail. "A press release will be forthcoming."
Mahood told The Desert Sun on Wednesday that he had researched the GPS tracking of the sheriff's helicopter that responded to the report of remains found on Wednesday morning. He said if the remains are confirmed to be Ewasko's, "it's a really odd area for him to have been in, and I can't fathom what he was thinking."
"I always said, he'll eventually be found in someplace no one ever thought he would be," said Mahood via email. 'Something Richard Feynman described as a 'failure of imagination.' "
Mahood added: "While we now know the conclusion, we may likely never know any details unless Bill left behind any surviving notes as to his predicament."
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66 years old
Weight: 165 lbs.
Classification: DAY/NIGHT HIKER
Foul Play Suspected: Yes
Suspected Suicide: Unknown / Undisclosed
Cause of Death: Undetermined / Unreleased
Reported missing on June 24, 2010 - 4350 days, 13 hours, 33 minutes ago
Found on February 8, 2022 - 103 days, 13 hours, 33 minutes ago
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This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 7181
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