- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Searchers fanned out across the desert Thursday in southwestern metro Phoenix in hopes of finding a Maricopa County sheriff’s posse volunteer believed to have gotten lost or been swept away in flooding last week.

The search for 71-year-old Samuel Grider was prompted by the discovery Wednesday of his pickup truck on a roadside in a stretch of desert that has no nearby development.

Investigators say the truck likely stalled on the edge of a drainage wash during a storm Saturday and that Grider went missing after he set out on foot. No foul play is suspected.

The Buckeye resident wasn’t believed to have been doing posse business when he went missing.

Grider was a 20-year veteran of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s crime prevention posse. Posses are a signature of Arpaio’s 21-year tenure as sheriff.

The unpaid civilians assist sheriff’s deputies in a variety of duties, including maintaining security at crime scenes, bringing people who were arrested by deputies to jail and providing security at malls during the holiday.

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