UPDATE: May 9, 2012
An autopsy report released Tuesday by the Office of the Medical Investigator showed that Micah True had cardiomyopathy, a disease that results in the heart becoming enlarged, although the medical examiners could not tell what caused the heart disease. Micah’s left ventricle was thick and dialated.
Medical examiners couldn’t point to the cause of the heart disease, but athletes who spend a lot of time on the trail can end up with larger left ventricles.
UPDATE: The body of Micah True was found in the Gila National Forest, near the Arizona border in the early evening, said Tom Bemis, incident commander with the New Mexico State Police. The location where he was found is rugged and although he was found on Saturday his body will not be recovered till then. His body was found with no obvious signs of injury, police said.
Micah True, 60, from Urique, Mexico has gone missing in the Gila National Forest where he went to run on Tuesday morning reports Fox News.
Micah is a runner who was featured in the bestselling 2009 book “Born to Run” written by Christopher McDougall. Micah’s story of spending time with the Tarahumara Indians, who are known for long-distance running was showcased in the book. The Tarahumara call him Caballo Blanco (White Horse).
“Even though he’d been nagged for years by ankle problems, he ditched his running shoes and mimicked the Tarahumara by hitting the trails in sandals. He began eating pinole for breakfast and carrying it with him in a hip bag during his 30-mile runs over the mountains. During these epic, all-day treks through the badlands, Caballo lives by the Tarahumara culture of kórima — the power of unconditional living. He depends on people volunteering water, the food he’ll need to get home, shelter if he’s caught out overnight, and help if he falls,” wrote McDougall in The Men Who Live Forever in 2006.
Micah gained notoriety when the book came out in Boulder, his home town, and his running abilities and training drew a following.
Micah was staying at the Gila Wilderness Lodge in Gila, New Mexico and a hotel manager noticed he was missing after he went to check on Micah’s dog, reports the Denver Post. Usually the dog runs with Micah, but he was left behind this time because the dog was sore after a rigorous run the day before.
Micah was to check out of the hotel on Wednesday to go to Phoenix. When he did not appear on Wednesday, the hotel manager called the police.
“When he didn’t come home that night, we knew something was wrong. We don’t know if he got turned around or if he’s injured or what,” Jane Brummer, a friend and co-owner of the lodge told the Denver Post.
Search teams have combed the area along with helicopters and planes on Thursday, but so far Micah remains missing.
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