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Jeffrey Lee Minshew

  • Found Deceased

About Jeffrey Lee Minshew's case

According to,

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.

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Investigative Details

  • Foul Play Suspected: No
  • Suicide Suspected: Unknown / Undisclosed
  • Cause of Death: Undetermined / Unreleased

Significant Dates

  • Reported Missing: Sunday, July 4, 2021 (3 years ago)
  • Date Found: Monday, July 5, 2021 (3 years ago)


Administrative Details

Monday, January 8, 2024 (5 months ago)

Missing NPF Public Identification Number (MPID) 10371

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