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Old 09-08-2008, 07:48 PM   #1
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Evan Tanner Dead

"A body was found Monday during an air-and-ground search for missing mixed-martial arts fighter Evan Tanner of Oceanside, whose empty campsite was located Sunday in a rugged Imperial County area.
The body was spotted Monday in the Palo Verde mountain area, about 60 miles northeast of Brawley, by a helicopter pilot from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma who was participating in the search, said Imperial County Sheriff's Lt. George Moreno.

An investigator from the county coroner's office was being flown in to retrieve the body.

“About noon we located a body; as to whether or not it is him (Tanner) hasn't been confirmed,” Moreno said.
A search for Tanner, 37, began Friday after friends who knew he had gone camping alone in Imperial County were concerned about his welfare.

“He had not reported back or checked back with his friends, and they were worried about him,” Moreno said.
Tanner, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight and a United States Wrestling Federation heavyweight champion, had driven to the area on an offroad motorcycle and was going camping, Moreno said. His friends, who had been sending him text messages, said he left Oceanside on Wednesday.

The body was found several miles from a campsite that was located Sunday in the Clapp Springs area of the Palo Verde mountains, where authorities found Tanner's motorcycle and some of his equipment, Moreno said.

Temperatures in the area were very high during the weekend, topping out at 114 on Sunday, Moreno said.

On Saturday, Imperial County sheriff's Sgt. Clint Erro said the extensive group looking for Tanner included the sheriff's search-and-rescue team, the Marines, the Highway Patrol and the U.S. Border Patrol"

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Old 09-08-2008, 08:52 PM   #2
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Re: Evan Tanner Dead

sad news. the following is a quote from the article on sherdog:

Tanner had recently started his own blog in association with SpikeTV.com.

“I've been sitting around this apartment, bored to tears, waiting on the last of the gear I need for the desert adventure to come in the mail. I've really been looking forward to getting out there,” wrote Tanner. “It seems some MMA websites have reported on the story, posting up that I might die out in the desert, or that it might be my greatest opponent yet, etc. Come on guys. This isn't a version of "Into the Wild". I'm not going out into the desert with a pair of shorts and a bowie knife, to try to live off the land. I'm going fully geared up, and I'm planning on having some fun.”
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:20 PM   #3
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Re: Evan Tanner Dead

RIP, Evan Tanner 1971-2008
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:09 AM   #4
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Re: Evan Tanner Dead

WTF happened. Was he ill prepared? Did he run out of water?
These are the things I am asking myself that I am sure everyone is wondering.
Young talented athlete wasted away.
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Old 09-09-2008, 09:02 AM   #5
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Re: Evan Tanner Dead

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WTF happened. Was he ill prepared? Did he run out of water?
These are the things I am asking myself that I am sure everyone is wondering.
Young talented athlete wasted away.
Yeah-
Net is a little thin on details right now. It does not APPEAR he was ill prepared, supplies-wise... but everyone knows you can sometimes find yourself missing that ONE thing, that does you in. Lack of sufficient amounts of water in 114 temps would be likely.

Poor guy.

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Old 09-09-2008, 09:17 AM   #6
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Re: Evan Tanner Dead

The report that I saw stated that it looked like he ran out of gas and tried to walk out, not realizing how far out he really was.
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:36 AM   #7
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Re: Evan Tanner Dead

It appears he ran out of gas and water, a death sentence in a desert. So young. Good cat too. Very sad.
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:50 PM   #8
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Re: Evan Tanner Dead

One of the stories I read said he texted his friends saying he was out of water on Friday and that's when they started to get alarmed when they didn't hear back. I don't really understand how you run out of both gas and water the same day you get to the desert though.

I met Evan a few times over the years and he was always very polite, though clearly troubled. It's sad that he passed away, but he did seem determined to live a life where an untimely end was inevitable.
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:51 PM   #9
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Re: Evan Tanner Dead

Sherdog has a good story with lots of info up now - looks like Evan actually went out there on Wednesday and messaged his friends Friday saying he was out of water and gas.

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Old 09-10-2008, 01:20 AM   #10
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Re: Evan Tanner Dead

Its terrible he is gone.

I loved reading his blog about his adventures, even thou his comeback to the UFC didn't go quite to plan he has accomplished a lot in his life.

He came across as an honest, friendly guy and i'm gonna miss him.

RIP Evan.
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