• View of Grand Canyon National Park at sunset from the South Rim

    Grand Canyon

    National Park Arizona

There are park alerts in effect.
hide Alerts »
  • Above normal temperatures return Tuesday through Thursday

    Another weak storm system will usher in a chance of showers by Friday and Saturday. (Source NOAA) More »

Body Found Below Rim at Grand Canyon National Park

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: January 6, 2010
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – The body of a lone male has been discovered below the rim at the Abyss on Hermit Road in Grand Canyon National Park. Hermit Road is the western-most portion of the rim road on the South Rim of the canyon.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, January 5, patrol rangers noticed a light-colored passenger vehicle parked at the Abyss with no owner immediately apparent. The following morning, rangers went out to check on the vehicle and found that it was still parked at the Abyss, triggering an investigation which included using a spotting scope to search below the rim. 

Unable to thoroughly view the area with a spotting scope, rangers requested a helicopter to assist in the below rim investigations. At about 10:45 a.m., the helicopter crew reported spotting the body of a lone male approximately 300 feet below the rim at the Abyss.

Search and rescue personnel have rappelled down to prepare the body for transport. The body will be transported to the rim by helicopter via long-line operation and then transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

The National Park Service is conducting an investigation into the incident.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

GRAND CANYON'S DESERT VIEW WATCHTOWER

Building a structure that provides the widest possible view of the Grand Canyon yet harmonizes with its setting was architect Mary Colter's goal when the Santa Fe Railroad hired her in 1930 to design a gift shop and rest area at Desert View Point. The Watchtower opened in May of 1933. More...