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Contact: Kirby Shedlowski, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. –On Monday, September 12 the National Park Service received a satellite phone call from a commercial river trip reporting a missing guide near River Mile 137 also known as Pancho's Kitchen.
Joshua Tourjee of Flagstaff, AZ was reported missing by a member of the river trip after failing to return to camp the previous evening. Tourjee is described as a 34 year old male, 5'11", 170 lbs, brown hair and hazel eyes. Tourjee was last seen wearing lime colored short sleeve shirt and dark colored shorts with an inflatable pool raft, possibly in the shape of a black swan. Tourjee is working as a guide for OARS.
Due to high winds the National Park Service has been unable to transport searchers into the Canyon. Weather conditions dependent, search crews will be flown into the Canyon first thing Tuesday morning.
The National Park Service is currently conducting a Search and Rescue operation. A missing persons investigation is on-going. No further information is available at this time.Any individual with information on the location of Joshua Tourjee should contact National Park Service Dispatch at 928-638-7805.