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Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Friday, April 22, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a visitor report of a man panhandling at the Duck on a Rock pullout located approximately ten miles east of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
Upon arriving at the scene, rangers made contact with the individual who refused to provide identification, fled ranger staff and jumped over the edge, falling approximately 25 feet below the rim.
High-angle rescue team members were brought in and rappelled down to the individual. On the way down, they were notified by rangers on the rim that one of the vehicles parked at Duck on a Rock belonged to a man wanted in connection with a murder investigation in Texas. Upon reaching the individual, rescue rangers preventatively handcuffed him until he could be identified, stabilized his injuries, packaged him in a litter and lifted him to the rim.
Upon arriving at the rim, the man was identified as 48 year old Terrance Black who is wanted in connection with a murder investigation in Texas. Mr. Black has been taken into custody and is being transported via Department of Public Safety helicopter to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment of injuries he sustained in the fall. Once he is released from the hospital he will be transported to the Coconino County Detention Center where he will remain in custody until Texas Rangers arrive in Arizona.
The vehicle associated with the Texas murder investigation has been impounded by the National Park Service and is being held for the arrival of Texas Rangers who will process the car for investigative clues.
No further information is available at this time.