CATRON COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) - An undersheriff from Catron County confirmed Monday night that the body a man who went missing near Mogollon during a rainstorm last week has been found.
Arizona native Howard Bassett, 83, went missing a little more than one week ago and his truck was found last Thursday submerged in mud. Search and Rescue called off the search for Bassett on Saturday saying they lacked leads to find him.
On Sunday, deputies in western New Mexico came across a body in a sand bar that appeared to be older and had injuries consistent with being washed downstream.
The small town of Mogollon was ravaged by floodwaters and nearly washed away Sunday, Sept. 15.
Knowing a storm was coming, Bassett left the Silver Creek Inn the night before. That was the last time anyone heard from him. The inn keeper at Silver Creek said Bassett never returned to gather his belongings.
When Search and Rescue called off the search for Bassett, his family said they remained hopeful and would continue looking for him.
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