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Taos, N.M. — Authorities say the former White House chef whose body was found submerged in a stream in the mountains of northern New Mexico had drowned.

State medical investigators conducted an autopsy and determined that the nature of Walter Scheib’s death was accidental.

State police officers say they found no indications of foul play or any suspicious circumstances.

Scheib’s body was found Sunday night after a weeklong search that started when his girlfriend reported him missing. He had failed to return from a June 13 hike in the mountains near the Taos Ski Valley.

Scheib recently moved from Florida to Taos. He was 61.

Scheib spent 11 years leading the White House kitchen under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

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