Cave Creek man found dead in desert
STAFF REPORT~ 7/11/2012
A 79-year-old Cave Creek man, who went missing while geocaching, was found dead Sunday in a ravine off Central Avenue, south of Carefree Highway, in New River.
Chuck Mettille, who was found by fellow geocachers approximately two-tenths of a mile from his car and only 50 yards from a trail, is believed to have slipped and fallen.
Geocachers use latitude and longitude coordinates on GPS devices or apps on smartphones to find items hidden by other geocachers. The hobby has grown internationally.
Results of an autopsy were unavailable as of press time.
Besides his wife, Ginny, Mettille is survived by five children: Cynthia Davis of Phoenix, Jacqueline Konieczka of Peoria, Randy Mettille of Phoenix, Cheri Garick of Scottsdale and Karen McKinnon of Plano, Texas. He is also survived by a brother, Richard Mettille of Phoenix, and two sisters, Carol Easley and Liz Gassoway, both of Phoenix.