MCSO search for missing posse member resumes

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Samuel Grider By Jennifer Thomas Samuel Grider By Jennifer Thomas
Samuel Grider By Jennifer Thomas Samuel Grider By Jennifer Thomas

BUCKEYE, Ariz. – The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing posse member.

Investigators believed that Samuel Grider, 71, of Buckeye, was last seen Sunday night at the Calvary Chapel near John Wayne Parkway and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway in Maricopa. However, on Thursday, they said he was not at the church on Sunday.

His 2001 tan Chevy Silverado 2500 was found Wednesday in the area of Bullard Avenue and Komatke Road, which is a remote portion of the desert directly northeast of the Sonoran National Monument in the Lower Rainbow Valley.

Investigators say Grider may have had trouble while driving to his home.

"He took a shortcut through Komatke Road, which goes through a lot of washes," sheriff's spokesman Lt. Brandon Jones said. "He may have flooded out his truck and tried to get out on foot."

Deputies combed the desert until nightfall Wednesday and then resumed their search at first light Thursday.

"We don't have tracks," Jones said. "We don't have anything because that storm came through. It was huge. There's a lot of washes in that area."

Grider is described as a black male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 195 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He recently had hip replacement surgery and walks with a cane.

Grider is a 20-year veteran of the Sheriff's Crime Prevention Posse and a retired Army veteran.

"It's doubtful that he was prepared for overnight weather, but, you know, he is an Army veteran," Jones said. "Maybe he's got some training in that."

Jones said Grider's posse chapter did not issue radios, but there are indications that Grider had his Glock handgun with him.

Investigators say there are no signs of foul play.

Anyone with information about Grider is asked to call MCSO at 602-876-1011.