Former White House chef Walter Scheib greets chefs from around the world at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., on July 27, 2004
Matt Houston—AP
June 23, 2015 11:22 PM EDT

The former White House chef whose body was found late Sunday, after a week-long search in the New Mexico mountains, died from drowning, state police said Tuesday.

Medical examiners ruled 61-year-old Walter Scheib’s death as accidental after police saw no signs of foul play, according to a news release. The circumstances surrounding how he died were not immediately known.

Scheib’s body was found off of the Yerba Canyon hiking trail near Taos in northern New Mexico, where he set off on a solo hiking trip June 13, state police said. After an extensive search, rescue crews found him submerged in a mountain drainage that was flowing with runoff …

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