Expect Cooler Nights with No Precipitation through the Remainder of the Week
Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »
Two Bats Collected in the Park Have Tested Positive for Rabies
One on the North Kaibab Trail and the other at Tusayan Ruin/Museum. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please follow this link. More »
Body of young woman found below the North Rim identified
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – The body of a young woman found deceased in an area below the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park near the Toroweap Valley yesterday, has been identified as that of 22 year-old Kathryn Roth of Springdale, Utah.
Grand Canyon National Park rangers located the body of Ms. Roth approximately .2 miles below the start of the Lava Falls Route.
A man had called the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center Wednesday night at approximately 8:20 to report Ms. Roth as overdue. She had gone to Tuweap on Tuesday with the caller’s son. The man indicated that his son was going to hike down the Lava Falls Route to gain access to the Colorado River for a float trip. When Ms. Roth failed to return home, the man became concerned and reported her overdue to the National Park Service.
Park rangers launched a search for the rafter Thursday morning, locating him late in the morning. The young man indicated that he had last seen Ms. Roth on the Lava Falls Route at mid-day on Tuesday. Park rangers then began an aerial search of the Lava Falls Route and located her body at 1:00 p.m. Her body was flown to the Kingman Airport yesterday, and then transferred to the Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The cause of death has not yet been determined. An investigation is being conducted by the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
The elk found within Grand Canyon National Park weigh as much as 1,000 pounds (450 kg), and have been known to injure people who approach them. Never approach wild animals. It is dangerous, and illegal, to feed the wild animals in a national park. Violators will be fined.