The locals called for help, and Grand County deputies eventually found the site about 11 miles west of the Colorado border, according to a news release. Sheriff's officers reached the area by going through the Colorado National Monument, which is west of Grand Junction.
Schneider had been reported missing on Feb. 23. He was last seen at the Golden Corral restaurant in Grand Junction, Colo. From what investigators could gather, it appeared Schneider's car slid off the road and become stuck. He apparently collapsed while trying to walk out of the area.
The Spanish Valley Mortuary in Moab took Schneider's body to the state medical examiner's office. As of Friday, the Grand County Sheriff's Office had not received autopsy results.
Schneider, a career Navy man, often visited the area where he died with his wife, Renée, to enjoy the natural splendor, his family wrote in an obituary. Renée Schneider, originally from Cedar City, died about two years ago.
Schneider's family buried him in Nevada last week, according to the obituary.
Tribune reporter Jessica Miller contributed to this story.