Identification Made of Man Reported over the Edge at Grand Canyon
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – The body of a man retrieved from below the rim at Grand Canyon National Park on Friday, May 21, has been identified as 64 year old Michael McMahon of Long Beach, California.
At approximately 5:40 a.m. on May 21, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of someone over the edge near Mather Point on the South Rim. Upon arriving at the scene, rangers spotted a body almost 600 feet below the rim and were told by witnesses that they had seen a man running up to and over the edge of the canyon. The body was retrieved by helicopter via long-line and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner
Mr. McMahon’s death has been ruled a suicide.
Did You Know?
There are approximately 1,737 known species of vascular plants, 167 species of fungi, 64 species of moss and 195 species of lichen found in Grand Canyon National Park. This variety is largely due to the 6,000 foot elevation change from the river up to the highest point on the North Rim. More...