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Grand Canyon National Park Rangers Respond to 9-1-1 call in a housing area within the park and discover two deceased bodies

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Date: February 5, 2009
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - This morning at approximately 12:30 a.m., Grand Canyon National Park rangers responded to a 9-1-1 call in a housing area within the park and discovered two deceased bodies.

The 9-1-1 call was made to the Grand Canyon National Park Regional Communications Center.

Park rangers have secured the scene and will be conducting an investigation with support from the Federal Bureau of Investigations Evidence Response Team.

The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

No further details are available at this time. Additional details will be provided as they do become available.

The Grand Canyon Incident Information Center will be activated later this morning. The Center will be staff with information officers to provide information to the public and Grand Canyon/Tusayan Community members. The phone number for the Center is 928-638-7922. A recorded message will also be available at 928-638-7688, once the Center is staffed. It is anticipated that the Center will be staffed by 7:00 a.m.

Media calls should be directed to the Grand Canyon Public Affairs Office at 928-638-7779.

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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)