The mystery of Everett Ruess
Everett Ruess was a young artist and writer from Los Angeles who was alienated from city life and sought something more real in the desert lands of southern Utah and northern Arizona. In the early 1930s Ruess made several trips into the wilderness, making stylized drawings and paintings. He also wrote a diary and some remarkable letters to his parents, discussing his theories of art and life, dropping hints he was considering dropping out of sight. And then he did disappear, in late Fall 1934; his burros were found, and some paints, but despite various discoveries over the decades, nothing of Ruess himself. This report from the Los Angeles Times gives a concise account of the story.