Pine-Strawberry Fire Chief Reported Missing While On A Hike Near Payson
A search is underway in east-central Arizona for a fire chief who himself is a member of a search and rescue unit. The Gila County Sheriff's Office says the search for 73-year-old Gary Morris began Tuesday.
He was reported overdue from hiking the Arizona Trail in the Mazatzal Wilderness southwest of Payson.
Morris is fire chief for the Pine-Strawberry Fire District and a member of Tonto Rim Search and Rescue.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Morris was reported missing after he was overdue in calling for a ride after the scheduled completion of a solo hike.