Wow! What a fantastic final chapter in a story we thought was bound to remain unfinished. Ironically, I had just been listening to the song 'Everett Ruess' by Dave Alvin when I stumbled upon this thread.
It is a shame that his adventure was cut short by others greed. Perhaps the Utes were so desperate with the drought they felt it was "him or us".
As for the new scepticism to whether it is actually him, it seems they're just being critical and overly-cautious, as you can see in Lightfoot's link.
"The case of Everett Ruess is of such a high profile that it is imperative to leave no stone unturned," according to Jones and Kopp. "We're not suggesting that the mystery of Everett Ruess's disappearance has not been solved. We do hope, however, that additional, independent studies will be conducted to address questions that still remain."
Looking at all the evidence, to me it is surely Everett Ruess.
Thanks for sharing this compelling story!
"Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way"