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    Fugate Disappeared in 1980, Chiricahua National Monument
    http://www.nationalparkstraveler .com...ld-paul-fugate

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    Early in 1980, law enforcement ranger Paul Fugate left his residence for a foot patrol in the Chiricahua backcountry and didn’t come back.
    When Paul did not return from this patrol, the park and then the NPS and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department mounted extensive SAR efforts to find him, but these efforts turned up nothing. Searching in Chiricahua is certainly no picnic. The park sprawls over 12,000 acres and has complex terrain with numerous canyons, arroyos, and barrancas.
    The same kinds of questions that dogged searchers in the Randy Morgenson case troubled the people trying to figure out what happened to Paul Fugate. Did rumors of marriage problems have anything to do with this disappearance? Had Paul been killed after stumbling onto a drug smuggling or illegal immigration operation? Had he decided that the NPS was too conservative for him and just walked away?
    The latter notion was born of the fact that Paul had been known as a bit of a non-conformist. He was, for example, one of the first rangers who pushed the boundaries on the Park Service's conservative grooming standards.

    Howard Chapman, then-Western Regional Director, was driven to distraction by this disappearance. These kinds of mysteries were not supposed to occur on his watch! In 1986, Chapman commissioned Pete Nigh, one of the NPS's top criminal investigators, and an Arizona Department of Public Safety investigator to review the files and determine if there was anything else that needed to be done.
    Meanwhile, the NPS refused to certify that Fugate was dead. Among other things, this meant that Paul’s widow Dotty could not collect survivor’s benefits. .......

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    ..Fugate disappeared after leaving Chiricahua Visitor's Center, 110 miles east of Tucson, for a hike to a ranch that the Park Service is restoring.

    Park Service personnel said Fugate told them he was going on a short hike. He was wearing his uniform, carried no supplies and left behind all of his other clothes, possessions and money, they said.

    During the Sheriff's investigation, a retired police officer said under hypnosis that he saw Fugate slumped between two men in a green pickup truck that was speeding toward Wilcox about an hour after Fugate left the office....

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    Remarks: The specific epithet fugatei honors naturalist Paul Fugate who disappeared from the Chiricahua National Monument in southeastern Arizona in 1980 and is presumed dead.


















    http://nmrareplants.unm.edu/rarelist...hp?SpeciesID=8

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    Casa Grande, Arizona Dispatch
    Monday, April 28, 1980

    MISSING BOTANIST BAFFLES SEARCHERS

    Tucson/ (AP) Law enforcement authorities, hypnotists and psychics all remain baffled by the disappearance of Paul Fugate.

    The 41-year-old botanist set out in January to walk a trail at the Chiricahua National Monument where he worked for the National Park Service.

    Despite extensive searches, there has been no sign of him since then.

    Dody Fugate, his wife, believes he is dead. Cochise County Sheriff's Officials suggest she may be right.

    Sheriff's Lt. Craig Emmanuel says there is a strong possibility of foul play.

    Mrs. Fugate, a photographer in the University of Arizona space scenes department, kept their home in Tucson. Fugate had an apartment at the National Monument and returned to Tucson on his days off.

    "We were close," Mrs. Fugate says "If he got sick out there at the monument. I knew about it before he called."

    On that Sunday afternoon, Fugate said he was setting out to check a trail. His guns his money, his keys and both his personal car and the one supplied by the service all were at the center.

    So was his walkie-talkie. It was left in a device to charge it's power pack.

    Extensive searches were mounted when he didn't show up later that day. The searchers found no sign of him.

    Five days later, a park service employee suddenly remembered having seen Fugate in a truck. Under hypnosis, the employee was able to provide a description of the truck and the two men with whom he'd seen Fugate. Sketches were made up and distributed.

    Mrs. Fugate enlisted the aid of a psychic and said that individual helped add details to the description,

    "I'm just afraid that he is dead," says Mrs. Fugate "If you are going to lose a husband, it is bad enough to lose him as missing in action, not in Vietnam but in your own country, and on a nature trail on a warm Sunday afternoon."

    Police and Mrs. Fugate say all the circumstantial evidence indicates that Fugate had no reason to drop out of existence voluntarily.

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    Dispatch
    July 16,1983

    REPORT BREAK IN RANGER'S MURDER

    Bisbee, Ariz. (AP) Cochise County Sheriff's Investigators hope to file homicide charges soon in what they believe is the death of a Chiricahua National Monument Ranger. Paul Fugate vanished 3 1/2 years ago the Sierra Vista Herald-Dispatch says.

    The newspaper said Friday investigators have their eyes on out-of-state suspects and believe the motive involved drugs.

    Sheriff's Lt. Craig Emmanuel said a lead last December has moved the investigation onto a new level. He wouldn't detail the nature of the lead but confirmed that "in the not-so-distant future, we'll have charged persons with the homicide of Paul Fugate."

    Deputy Vince Madrid, who has been assisting Emmanuel with the investigation since last December, added that we're not implying that Fugate was involved in drug transactions, but he may have had knowledge of or blundered onto a drug transaction which may have caused his demise."
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    http://www.douglasdispatch.com/artic...3896271019.txt



    Thirty years ago Park Ranger Paul Fugate walked out the door at Chiricahua National Monument and vanished without a trace.

    At 2 PM on January 13, 1980, Fugate, the only member of the permanent staff on duty that day, walked out of his office to check out a nature trail. He left instructions with the only other person, a seasonal employee, that if he wasn’t back before 4:30 to begin to shut down without him.

    Fugate appeared to walk down toward the Monument entrance and was never seen again. No trace of the ranger was ever found despite extensive searches by the National Park Service, The Cochise County Sheriff’s Department, The Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, The Southern Arizona Search and Rescue Association, Customs, The Border Patrol and Fugate’s many friends.

    All that was missing from Fugate’s home were the clothes he was wearing and his NPS keys.

    Despite some evidence of a crime having been committed nothing has ever been uncovered to explain Fugate’s disappearance. He left behind a wife, Dody, a mother Mrs. Braxton Fugate, two brothers, three sisters, many friends with a vast hole in their lives.

    At 1:30 PM on Wednesday, January 13, there will be a memorial to commemorate the 30th anniversary of this sad event. The memorial will be at Faraway Ranch near the entrance to Chiricahua National Monument. Anyone who knew Paul or remembers this event is invited to attend.

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    YAY !!!! He's Listed !!!!!

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/4203dmaz.html

    Paul Fugate
    Missing since January 13, 1980 from Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona
    Classification: Missing


    Vital Statistics
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 41 years old
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Graying, long hair and beard. Glasses.
    • Clothing: He was wearing his uniform.



    Circumstances of Disappearance
    At 14.00 on January 13, 1980, Park Ranger Paul Fugate, the only member of the permanent staff on duty that day, walked out of his office to check out a nature trail. He left instructions with the only other person, a seasonal employee, that if he wasn’t back before 16:30 to begin to shut down without him.
    Fugate appeared to walk down toward the Chiricahua National Monument entrance and was never seen again. No trace of the ranger was ever found despite extensive searches by the National Park Service, The Cochise County Sheriff’s Department, The Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, The Southern Arizona Search and Rescue Association, Customs, The Border Patrol and Fugate’s many friends.
    All that was missing from Fugate’s home were the clothes he was wearing and his NPS keys.
    foul play is possible.


    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Cochise County Sheriff’s Department
    520-803-3280

    Source Information:
    The Douglas Dispatch

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    Arizona Daily Star, The (Tucson, AZ)
    August 4, 2010
    Edition: Web Edition
    Section: News








    Cold Case: Ranger vanished in '80, is now presumed dead

    Author: Kimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star











    Article Text:
    Park ranger and naturalist Paul Fugate set out on a short hike in Chiricahua National Monument on Jan. 13, 1980, and he never returned.
    Searchers on foot, with tracking dogs and in helicopters and light planes scoured the rugged landscape 120 miles southeast of Tucson, to no avail.
    A hypnotist was called in to jog the memory of a park employee who had seen two men driving out of the park in a pick-up truck with Fugate, 42, apparently unconscious, in the cab between them.
    The National Park Service offered rewards for information about Fugate's disappearance.
    STATUS
    In July 1983, based on new leads, a Cochise County Sheriff's Office official announced Fugate had been murdered and that the arrest of "more than one person" was imminent. However, no one has ever been charged.
    More than eight years after his disappearance, and without having found his body, Fugate was declared dead.
    IN THEIR OWN WORDS
    Last month, more than 30 years after he vanished, Fugate's family and friends gathered at Chiricahua National Monument for the dedication of a memorial plaque. Nearby they planted an apple tree.
    Memories of her husband remain fresh for Dody Fugate, who resides in New Mexico. The tree brought back fond recollections for Dody Fugate.
    "Paul had a a friend at the park who was a javelina. His name was Lone Pig, and he loved apples. He would lay on Paul's porch and listen to music, except he didn't like rock 'n' roll," Dody Fugate said. "I was wondering why Paul was buying so many vegetables. I thought he was getting healthy."
    But the fresh produce was for Lone Pig. The javelina was picky, inspecting each vegetable before making his selection, but when Fugate tossed his prickly friend an apple, "he would catch it in the air like a Frisbee," Dody Fugate said of the beloved javelina.
    ABOUT THE SERIES
    The Star will feature some of the Tucson -area violent crimes that remain unsolved - sometimes many years later.
    Anyone with information is urged to call 88-CRIME. Tips also can be submitted online at www.88crime.org; or by text message at 274637, then enter tip259 plus your text message.

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    http://www.kgun9.com/Global/story.asp?S=13044142

    Cochise County, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is looking for help in solving a missing person cold case - the disappearance of a Chiricahua National Monument park ranger, Paul Fugate.
    Fugate disappeared on Jan. 13, 1980. "His disappearance is feared foul play," said sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas in a Wednesday media release.
    The county's search and rescue team looked for human remains on Saturday while deployed on a training mission in the Pinery Canyon Road area, Capas said.
    They searched two wells for Fugate's remains but didn't find anything.
    Capas said individuals who claimed to be eye witnesses said they saw Fugate in a pickup truck "between two male subjects" and another person said "he might have become the victim of a very large female mountain lion who lived in the area at that time."
    "The search was not successful in finding any skeletal remains," Capas said. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call (520) 432-9500, she said.

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