The body of a Round Valley man missing for a week was found Saturday by a hiker.
William M. Allen, 55, walked away from his Round Valley home Sept. 18 after notifying a friend he was going into the woods.
After he left, Allen contacted family and friends through text message, but communication stopped around 4 p.m. Sept. 18.
“Friends and family contacted the Gila County Sheriff’s Office to report Allen’s unresponsiveness to their calls,” according to the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.
Searchers from the GCSO, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue and Gila County Mounted Posse used Allen’s cell signal to track his rough whereabouts in the forest, but found no new clues or tracks.
After five days of searching the Round Valley area and the Tonto National Forest between Gibson Ranch Road and Tonto Apache Reservation, GCSO Sgt. Terry Hudgens called the search off Friday.
On Saturday, Allen’s body was found near the Round Valley Trail.
The sheriff’s office recovered the body just before 10 a.m. Authorities say Allen died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.