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Park Rangers Recovering Body From Below the Rim at Grand Canyon National Park

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Date: August 5, 2011
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. 

-NPS-

Did You Know?

SPRINGS PROVIDE OASES FOR FLORA AND FAUNA

Within the Grand Canyon, the type and abundance of organisms is directly related to the presence or absence of water. The Colorado River and its tributaries, as well as springs, seeps, stock tanks and ephemeral pools provide oases to flora and fauna in this semi-arid southwest desert area.