Body Recovered from Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park

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Date: September 21, 2016
Contact: Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, 928-638-7958
Contact: Emily Davis, 928-638-7609

Grand Canyon, Ariz. –On Tuesday, September 20th National Park Service personnel located a body on the Colorado River at River Mile 139. Today park rangers responded and recovered the body,which was transported to the rim by helicopter and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner. Based on evidence found with the body, it is believed to be that of missing 34 year old river guide Joshua Tourjee.

Tourjee was reported missing by his river trip on September 12th when he failed to return to camp after visiting a neighboring river camp. The National Park Service conducted a multi-day Search and Rescue operation.

The Coconino County Medical Examiner will confirm positive identification. An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner. No additional information is available at this time.

-NPS-

 



Last updated: September 21, 2016

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