ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Thursday night marks the sixth night that a former White House chef has been missing in the Taos Mountains.
Walter Scheib has been missing near the Taos Ski Valley since Saturday. It wasn’t until Monday when he didn’t show up to meet his girlfriend that people noticed he was missing.
Scheib had just recently moved to the Taos area from Florida. He was the White House chef under Clinton and then Bush. He wrote a white house cookbook and has appeared on shows like Iron Chef.
The last trace of him was the car he left behind at the Yerba Canyon Trail Head near the ski valley. Searchers say they are very concerned, because they do not believe he was prepared to spend more than a few hours in the woods. They don’t know where he specifically planned to go, and they fear he was unprepared, carrying very little with him.
Nearly 30 searchers, including teams with dogs and horses, have fanned out across the trails in the area, scouring for any sign of Scheib.
Tracking Scheib has proven difficult. Officials say recent bad weather could be wiping out any clues. Searchers say Scheib has hiked this trail before. They’re also searching creeks and rivers, because Scheib also likes to fish.
Search operations are set to wrap up Thursday by about 7 p.m. Teams will be back out at 7 a.m. on Friday to continue their work.