Stiller wrote:Any word if anyone checked over by the Miller Mines? It's right by the TH and might make sense if he went over there that his wallet and things were left at his campsite. Just thinking out loud.
As it has been reported to me that the Maricopa County Sheriff's posse already searched the Miller mine sites (as they understand them). I instead hiked further up the JF tral and checked out a mine tunnel on the north side of the trail that I believe was made by Miller and his crew. The catclaw and brush in front of the entrance was so thick that I had to whack away at it with my heavy hiking staff to just clear a path through it. Therefore I believe it has been many years since anyone has checked out this tunnel. Part of the roof has caved in as well at the front but I was able to lay on top the debri and poke the upper part of my body into the tunnel and with a flashlight and see the end and that no one was in there. In fact the old empty Atlas dynamite boxes that were there about 25 years ago were also gone. Probably decorating someones den now.
I also checked out a mine tunnel on the south side of this trail which really is what I call a glory hole (it being not much more than three feet high) although you cannot see the end of the tunnel from the entrance. There was about three to six inches of water in the tunnel as far as I could see and as there was no odor of death coming from this tunnel we can assume that Jesse was not there.
Which reminds me that for any of you hiking out from any of the trails that begin from or near the old Tortilla Ranch site if you do sense the odor of death please check it out as most likely Jesse is deceased. If you do sense odor but cannot find the source please notify the Maricopa Sheriff's office.
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