Rangers Identify Woman Whose Body was Recovered from below South Rim of Grand Canyon
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - A woman whose body was recovered Friday from below Trail View Overlook on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park has been identified as 67-year old Elizabeth Miller of Phoenix, Arizona.
Rangers began looking for Ms. Miller on Thursday, April 26 when they received an early morning report from the Phoenix Police Department that she was believed to be suicidal and on her way to Grand Canyon National Park.
After receiving a report from a park shuttle bus driver that a woman fitting Ms. Miller's description had exited the Hermit Shuttle at the Trail View Overlook (located about 0.75 miles west of Grand Canyon Village) and finding the woman's vehicle at Bright Angel Lodge near the primary pick up point for the Hermit Shuttle, rangers narrowed their search to the area immediately west of Grand Canyon Village.
At approximately 10:45 a.m. the park helicopter joined the search; and about 15 minutes later, the crew reported spotting a body approximately 100 feet below the Trail View Overlook. Recovery of the body was delayed until Friday due to poor weather conditions.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing and is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner.
Did You Know?
From Yavapai Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the drop to the Colorado River below is 4,600 feet (1,400 m). The elevation at river level is 2,450 feet (750 m) above sea level. Without the Colorado River, a perennial river in a desert environment, the Grand Canyon would not exist.