Rangers Recovering Body from below Rim at Grand Canyon National Park
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – On Wednesday, February 9, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of a separated party in the vicinity of the Yavapai Geology Museum. The reporting party stated that upon his return from the men's room, he could not locate his wife.
Almost an hour later, park rangers spotted a body, currently believed to be that of the missing woman, approximately 600 feet below the rim just east of the Geology Museum.
Due to waning light and quickly dropping temperatures, a decision was made to wait until this morning to send rangers in to recover the body. Rangers are hiking into the body at this time in order to document the scene and prepare the body for transport.
The body will be transported to the rim via helicopter where it will be met by the Coconino County Medical Examiner.
The National Park Service is conducting an investigation into the incident. No further information is available at this time.
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.