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Iron Chef contestant's body found near trail

By Kavelle Christie     Jun 22, 2015 in Crime
Taos Ski Valley - The body of missing former White House chef, Walter Scheib, was discovered near a hiking trail in New Mexico late Sunday evening.
The New Mexico State Police confirmed that Scheib, 61, was found a few miles from the hiking trail in the Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, where his car was last seen on June 13.
On June 14 Scheib’s girlfriend reported him missing and the authorities began searching the area. After using Scheib’s cell phone data to narrow the search, his body was subsequently found at the trailhead on Sunday evening.
In a statement to the media New Mexico State Police Sgt. Liz Armijo said, "The body was discovered off the immediate trail approximately 1.7 miles from the base of the trail. No further details are available at this time. Rescue workers are still gathering information.”
So far the authorities have not released a cause of death.
Scheib who recently moved to Taos, New Mexico, served as the top chef for 11 years for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In 2005 he left the White House and went on to author the book, White House Chef: Eleven years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen. Following this, he also appeared on the Food Network’s cooking show Iron Chef America.
In a statement to the media, the Clintons said, "Our family was grateful to have Walter with us in the White House for six years […] Walter used his immense talents not only to represent the very best of American cuisine to visiting leaders, but to make a difference in people's lives across the country through his support of numerous charities."
Likewise, the Bush family has expressed sympathy for the Scheib’s family and loved ones.
In a statement to People, Former First Lady Laura Bush said, "President Bush and I are saddened by the tragic death of former White House Executive Chef Walter Scheib […] Walter was an outstanding talent. He prepared magnificent dinners for world leaders and delicious family fare for our family and friends.”
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