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$60K reward in case of missing Arizona park ranger 1980 cold case

Authorities say 41-year-old Park Ranger Paul Fugate was working in the  Chiricahua National Monument visitor center in southeastern Arizona on Jan. 13, 1980. He left the building to hike a park trail and hasn’t been seen since. (NPS)

Authorities say 41-year-old Park Ranger Paul Fugate was working in the Chiricahua National Monument visitor center in southeastern Arizona on Jan. 13, 1980. He left the building to hike a park trail and hasn’t been seen since. (NPS)

WILLCOX, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service has raised its reward to $60,000 in the case of a Chiricahua National Monument ranger who went missing 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 Tuesday to $60,000 for information leading to Fugate’s whereabouts or the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for his disappearance.

If you have any information on Fugate's whereabouts, call or text the National Parks Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB) Tip Line at 888-653-0009.