NPS raises reward in case of AZ park ranger missing since 1980

NPS raises reward in case of AZ park ranger missing since 1980

WILLCOX, AZ (AP) - The National Park Service has raised its reward to $60,000 in the case of a Chiricahua National Monument ranger who disappeared more than 38 years ago.

Authorities say 41-year-old Paul Fugate was working in the monument's visitor center in southeastern Arizona on Jan. 13, 1980.

He left the building to hike a park trail and hasn't been seen since.

Authorities say Fugate was wearing his Park Service uniform with a gold-colored ranger badge.

Search teams combed the surrounding area extensively multiple times, but found no sign of Fugate.

The reward fund grew to $20,000 the first few years after his disappearance.

The Park Service increased its reward on Tuesday, June 19, to $60,000 for information leading to Fugate's whereabouts or the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for his disappearance.

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