APACHE COUNTY — Show Low resident Greg Foster, 60, was found dead near a Forest Service road near Big Lake Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 6. He had been reported missing the day before.
Authorities say that Foster had travelled to the Wallow Fire fuelwood permit area to cut wood. He had left Monday, Nov. 4, but had not returned. Foster’s wife called the Show Low Dispatch Office early in the morning Nov. 5, to report him missing. The Apache County Sheriff’s Office quickly took the lead, even though the area of his disappearance was believed to be in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, the Forest Service said in a press release.
Several agencies took part in the search, including an air unit from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. According to a press release from the ACSO, “Mr. Foster was discovered deceased after receiving fatal injuries from a falling tree he had cut.” The sheriff’s office found no signs of foul play and the cause of death has been determined to be accidental.