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Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Park rangers recovered the body of a man from a remote area in the Toroweap/Tuweep area on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The National Park Service (NPS) received a call last night at approximately 6:00 p.m. from an NPS volunteer at Tuweep who had received a report of a deceased hiker near the Lava Falls Route.
Five male hikers started what was to be a day hike to the river on the Lava Falls Route, a rugged remote route near Tuweep, Arizona. Initial investigations indicate that one hiker began to feel fatigued and was running low on water so turned around to hike out. He was last seen by his friends at approximately 9:00 yesterday morning. The four other hikers continued their hike, but then later separated – two decided to camp near the Colorado River last night, the other two hiked out yesterday afternoon. During the course of hiking out the two hikers came upon the body of their friend, who had left the group earlier in the day, on a point approximately 100 yards from a parking lot adjacent to where the route begins.
With darkness approaching park rangers were not able to respond by helicopter and instead drove to the remote location, approximately 3.5 hours from the North Rim developed area.
Park rangers began a search at first light this morning and located the body shortly after 7:00 a.m. His body will be transported by helicopter to the Kingman Airport in northwestern Arizona and transferred to the Mohave County Medical Examiner who will help determine cause of death.
As with all fatalities that occur within the park, an investigation will be completed by the National Park Service.
The victim's name is being withheld, pending positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.
Park rangers urge hikers, especially when hiking in remote areas of the park, to be aware of the hazards that exist and to go prepared. The Lava Falls Route is one of the hottest, steepest routes within Grand Canyon National Park. It is can be dangerous and is not a hike that is recommended during hotter times of the year. Hiking information, including trail conditions and weather, can be obtained on the park's Web site at http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm, at one of the park's Backcountry Information Center's or by calling 928-638-7875.