Woman Who Died in Fall at Grand Canyon Identified
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – A body recovered from below the South Rim on Thursday, February 10 has been identified as that of 64-year old Janice Wotherspoon of St. George, Utah.
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. Almost an hour later, park rangers spotted a body approximately 600 feet below the rim just east of the Geology Museum. Due to waning light and quickly dropping temperatures, the body was not recovered until Thursday, February 10.
Yesterday, the Coconino County Medical Examiner identified the body as that of the missing woman, Janice Wotherspoon.
The National Park Service is conducting an investigation into the incident.
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...