Everett Ruess Quotes
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Everett Ruess was a young American artist, poet, and writer known for his solo explorations of the High Sierra, the California coast, and the deserts of the American Southwest and his ultimate disappearance while traveling through a remote area of Utah. His fate remains a mystery to this day.
In 2009, DNA from human remains found in Utah were initially linked to Ruess, but the findings were soon challenged and shown conclusively to actually be the remains of an American Indian. In March 2010, the Joe Santistevan family was contacted by Dr. Michael Coble of AFDIL and was informed that the Y-DNA of the remains of the supposed Everett Ruess matched exactly to Joe.
Coble found a 13 marker exact match between the man buried at the Comb Ridge site and Santistevan. AFDIL then ran another Y-DNA test and reconfirmed the 13 markers and confirmed four more exact matches. The American Indian was Navajo and his remains were returned to the Navajo Nation.
The 2009 find did not resolve the Ruess mystery but rather fueled popular interest in his story.