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  • Chapter 1

  • Narrator

    Some mysteries never die, Sheriff Jared Buck mused as he watched the limousine pull into the Kane County parking lot.

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  • It was strange, he thought.

  • Over the years people had disappeared in these red-rock canyons of southern Utah on a more or less regular basis.

  • But none of them had caught the nation’s attention like Everett Ruess, the seemingly enchanted artist and writer who after all these years had not faded from the public’s interest.

  • The mystery of the young vanished wanderer seemed never to go away.

  • Narrator

    And now this movie company was resurrecting the whole puzzling affair.

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  • He watched them disembark from the limousine into the September heat of late afternoon.

  • At this moment, the sheriff was tired, hot, and angry that the County Commission had not given him permission to have the air conditioning repaired.

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    October would be here soon, they had reasoned, and it could wait until spring.

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  • Jared Buck was lean and sinewy with a craggy face set off by a slightly crooked nose.

  • On his office walls, along with the official state and county certificates, hung photographs of nearby mountain scenes and of the deep canyons and colorful cliffs of the area where he liked to roam in his free time.

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    Across the room, his deputy rose and stared out of the window with a grin.

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  • Angus Terry was a short, bearded, balding man who had shown up from Kansas a dozen years earlier and was slowly melding into the southern Utah landscape.

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    Angus

    “Looks like your movie people finally got here,”

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    Angus said, a grin splitting his wide face.

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  • With a resigned nod, Jared rose, stretched, and gave a weary shake of his head.

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    Jared Buck

    “Better make ‘em feel welcome, I guess,”

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    he muttered

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    Angus

    “A buck says they’re gonna be a big pain in the butt.”

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