Salt Lake City (AP) - Scientists at the University of Colorado have confirmed that a skeleton found in remote southeastern Utah was that of a talented artist, poet and wanderer of the 1930s.
The disappearance of Everett Ruess, a self-described vagabond from California, became part of western legend, inspiring books, film documentaries and folk songs.
Ruess was just 20 when he set off for his final wilderness journey from the town of Escalante, Utah, in 1934. The skeleton was found 60 miles to the east at Comb Ridge.
University of Colorado Geneticist Kenneth Krauter says DNA tests involving the explorer's surviving relatives make it “irrefutable” that the bones were that of Ruess.
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