Park Rangers Recovering Body From Below the Rim at Grand Canyon National Park
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – At approximately 2:00 this afternoon, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call from a park visitor reporting a man over the edge below Lookout Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
Park rangers responded and called in the park’s helicopter to help search for the body. The body was located more than 200 feet below the rim at approximately 2:30 pm. Upon locating the body, members of the park’s technical rescue team hiked a short distance down the Bright Angel then traversed the canyon’s edge to reach the body.
The man’s body will be flow out of the canyon via helicopter to the South Rim Helibase. From there the body will be transported to Station One, located on the South Rim adjacent to the Grand Canyon Clinic, where it will be met by the Coconino County Medical Examiner then transported to Flagstaff.
The National Park Service is investigating the fatality as a possible suicide. The fall was witnessed by several visitors in the area.
Additional details regarding the identity of the individual are being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.
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.