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Updated Sep 18, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Police: Arizona man, 83, missing from flooded NM town

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico State Police say they are searching for an
83-year-old Arizona man who went missing from a tiny town isolated by flooding.

Authorities said Wednesday that Howard Bassett was reported missing after
authorities said he was evacuated from the Silver Creek Inn in Mogollon on
Saturday and did not return to collect his possessions.

Police said Bassett drove off in a Chevy Colorado with Arizona license plates.
State police are searching N.M. 159 and the surrounding area.

The Gila National Forest, still recovering from a wildfire last year that was the
state’s largest in its history, received around eight inches of rain last week.

Authorities were forced to deliver supplies to residents of Mogollon on Tuesday,
after flooding destroyed the only road into town.


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