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Missing Person Search Initiated at Grand Canyon National Park

John Pennington Missing Person Flyer
NPS Missing Person Flyer-John Pennington

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News Release Date: February 28, 2021

Contact: NPS Investigative Services Tip Line, 888-653-0009

Contact: Joelle Baird, 928-606-3154

The National Park Service (NPS) is conducting a missing person search at Grand Canyon National Park.

John Pennington, 40, of Walton, Kentucky, was last known to be on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon near Yaki Point. Pennington abandoned his vehicle at Yaki Point on or around February 23, 2021 and is believed to be traveling alone. Currently, Pennington may be traveling on a yellow motorcycle with Ohio plates (2005 Suzuki GSX-R600). 

He is described as a white male, 5'11" in height, 165 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair.

Grand Canyon rangers are asking anyone who may have seen or talked to John Pennington or located the yellow motorcycle described above to please call or text the NPS Investigative Services Branch (ISB) Tip Line at 888-653-0009; or online at by clicking "Submit a Tip" or by email at: e-mail us.A missing person investigation is on-going, no further information is available at this time. 

Last updated: February 28, 2021

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