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Rangers Identify Woman Whose Body was Recovered from below South Rim of Grand Canyon

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Date: May 2, 2012
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.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

SWITCHBACKS ON BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL

Each year, thousands of hikers enter the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. They follow a route established by prehistoric people for two key reasons: water and access. Water emerges from springs at Indian Garden, and a fault creates a break in the cliffs, providing access to the springs.