Friday, May 1, 2009

The Ruess of Legends

The bones of Everett Ruess, the vagabond poet and naturalist, who disappeared in the 1930s have been discovered in a rock crevice in isolated southern Utah. A local Navajo man claimed that his family had seen other Indians kill and rob Ruess as he journeyed into the desert on a naturalist excursion. After pinpointing on a map approximately where the incident occurred, searchers found the remains and DNA tested them against the DNA of Ruess' nieces and nephews.

He has been the stuff of legends. Some stories label him as being reincarnated as an animal or as the actual landscape, i.e. rock, cacti, etc.

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