APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – The search for three men who are missing after going after the Lost Dutchman’s goldmine has been officially suspended.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio suspended the search for the three Utah men on Monday afternoon. The men, ages 49 to 66, are lost in the Superstition Mountains.
The men were last seen on July 6 after telling family they would return to Utah no later than July 10. They reportedly began their search with little water, hiking experience and two of the three men suffer from medical conditions.
Sheriff Arpaio says, “We are the leading search and rescue agency in the state and our experience is leading us to believe that these men succumbed to the summer heat.”
The car they were riding in was found at the First Water Trailhead by MCSO deputies on July 11.
The search for the men lasted seven days and deputies covered approximately 96 square miles using 311 volunteers and about 40 sheriff’s deputies.
Sheriff Joe says it is still a possibility the men are alive so MCSO is asking for the public’s help in locating the men.