Grand Canyon Rangers Recover Body from below South Rim
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - On Saturday, December 8, rangers recovered a body that had been spotted by Grand Canyon National Park's helicopter pilot while flying a routine mission. The body was located below the Abyss Overlook on Hermit Road (also known as the West Rim Drive.)
After the body was discovered, two park rangers were flown in to begin their investigations and to prepare the body for transport. At that time, the body was determined to be that of a male of undetermined age. Once initial investigations were completed, the body was flown to the South Rim and transported to the Station One Ambulance Bays where it was met by the Coconino County Medical Examiner.
The identity of the deceased is not currently known. An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service in collaboration with the Coconino County Medical Examiner.
Did You Know?
The more recent Kaibab limestone caprock, on the rims of the Grand Canyon, formed 270 million years ago. In contrast, the oldest rocks within the Inner Gorge at the bottom of Grand Canyon date to 1.84 billion years ago. Geologists currently estimate the age of Earth at 4.5 billion years.