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Body Discovered Near Tanner Beach in Grand Canyon National Park Identified

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Date: September 27, 2011
Contact: Maureen Oltroge, 928-638-7779

 

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - The body of a man discovered near Tanner Beach in Grand Canyon National Park on Sunday, August 28, has been identified as that of 52-year old Stephen Norman O'Keeffe from Flagstaff, AZ.

The cause of death has been ruled by the Coconino County Medical Examiner as hyperthermia and dehydration due to environmental exposure.

On Sunday morning, August 28, Grand Canyon National Park rangers initiated an aerial search after receiving a report of a hiker possibly in distress on the Tanner Trail. Shortly after initiating the search, the helicopter's crew reported spotting a body in a wash just above Tanner Beach. A recovery effort was conducted and the body transported to the South Rim by helicopter where it was transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

For additional information please refer to the original news release at http://www.nps.gov/grca/parknews/2011-08-29_distressed-hiker.htm.

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Did You Know?

THE INNER GORGE OF THE GRAND CANYON, 1200 feet (366m)

Within the Grand Canyon, the rugged, V-shaped Inner Gorge rises darkly from the Colorado River. The broad shelf above it is the Tonto Platform, which spreads like a green blanket across both sides of the canyon. The Inner Gorge achieves a depth of over 1200 feet (366m)