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Former White House Chef Found Dead Near New Mexico Hiking Trail

Chef to the President of the United States, Walter Scheib (C) followed by the Italian, Domenico De Cesaris (R), and members of the club - Chefs to Heads of State, shows their identity cards to policeman on arrival at the Elycee Paris to meet Bernadette Chirac, wife of the President, 27 August 2003. Each year since the clubs inception in 1977, the chefs meet in a different country, this year around 30 have come to Paris to chat about their work. AFP PHOTO/MEHDI FEDOUACH (Photo credit should read MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say searchers have found the body of a former White House chef who had been missing for more than a week after going hiking in the New Mexico mountains.

The New Mexico State Patrol says the body of 61-year-old Walter Scheib was found Sunday night near a hiking trail in the mountains the Taos area.

Former White House chef, Walter Scheib, center, was pictured here inAugust 2003. The chef went missing on June 14, 2015 and his body was found on June 21. (MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

The police statement did not provide a cause of death or any other details about the discovery of the body.

Scheib recently moved to New Mexico. He served as White House chef for 11 years under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush

Police say he reportedly went for a hike June 13 in the mountains near the Taos Ski Valley. His girlfriend reported him missing the next day.

Taos police found his vehicle Tuesday parked at a canyon trailhead.

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