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Authorities are looking for a hiker who got separated from his group in the Grand Canyon. Here’s the latest from the National Park Service:

Hiker missing in western Grand Canyon

June 24, 2016

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Floyd E. Roberts III of Treasure Island, Fla., remains missing in a remote area of western Grand Canyon. Responding rescue teams and resources to date include ground teams from Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Mohave County, Coconino County Search and Rescue, and aerial support from Mesa Verde Helitack Crew and aircraft. The search area covers over 10 square miles and is in an extremely remote, rugged area of the canyon. Transportation to the area takes several hours and has made rescue operations and communication a challenge.

Roberts is described as a 52 year old male, 170 lbs, 5’11” tall, brown/grey hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing a red long-sleeved shirt, blue denim jeans, multi-colored mesh Nike Free sneakers, large blue Lowe Alpine Contour backpack, and white-rimmed sunglasses with orange lenses.

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Aircraft wreckage found in Grand Canyon area

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Last week, hikers found the wreckage of an airplane and the remains of its pilot in the Grand Canyon area. Positive identification is pending, but National Park officials said they believe the aircraft is the same one reported missing in 2011.

Based on the plane’s description and tail number (N650RV), it appears details about the disappearance are noted here on LostFlights.com. Here is the National Transportation Safety Board’s entry on the missing flight.

Below is the National Park Service release on the discovery:

Park Rangers Respond to Report of Plane Wreckage in Grand Canyon National Park
Date: May 26, 2015

Grand Canyon, Ariz.- On May 20th, a private boating trip reported the wreckage of an airplane to park rangers at Diamond Creek. The boaters informed the rangers that during a hike near Emerald Canyon at Colorado River Mile 104 they found the plane with human remains inside.

Inclement weather prevented rangers from responding to the scene via helicopter until Sunday, May 24th. Rangers first recovered the remains, which await identification from the Coconino County Medical Examiner, then packaged the plane in a sling load and recovered it using a long-line.

The wreckage matches the description of an airplane that went missing in 2011. That plane, a red RV6 homebuilt experimental aircraft, was last seen at Grand Canyon Airport around 8:30 am on Friday, March 11, 2011. The NPS used both a fixed-wing airplane and a helicopter in search efforts at that time, covering 2,000 air miles over a 600-square-mile search area. Civil Air Patrol’s Nevada Wing, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center assisted in that search. Search activities continued on a limited basis after April 1, 2011.

No further information is available at this time, as the Coconino County Medical Examiner works to identify the remains and the National Transportation Safety Board investigates the incident.

 

 

Grand Canyon body identified

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Park Service officials have identified a body discovered in Grand Canyon National Park on March 21 as that of missing Colorado resident Kaitlin Anne Kenney, but a cause of death hasn’t been released. Kennedy, 21, disappeared Jan. 11 while at a camp about 30 miles upstream from where her body was found. Here’s the National Park Service account:

Date: April 1, 2013

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – The body of a woman recovered from the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park on March 22 has been identified as that of Kaitlin Anne Kenney.

Kenney was last seen on the evening of Friday, January 11, at a river camp located near Tapeats Creek (river mile 134.5) on the north side of the Colorado River.

Rangers used the park’s helicopter to search the river corridor and area trails for two days after Kenney was reported missing. In addition, ground-based search and rescue teams thoroughly searched the accessible trails, beaches, drainages and backcountry areas in the vicinity.

With no additional clues to guide search efforts on land, the search was eventually scaled back to a continuous, but limited mode in which rangers and pilots continued to search for clues when in the area. In addition, flyers with Kenney’s picture and description remained posted at popular river trip launch and takeout points.

On Thursday, March 21, a private river trip reported finding a woman’s body in the river at about river mile 165. The next day, the body was transported to the rim by helicopter and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

Late last week, the Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the body was that of 21-year old Kaitlin Anne Kenney of Englewood, Colorado.

The National Park Service is continuing its investigation into Kenney’s death in coordination with the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office. No additional information is available at this time.

Body recovered from Colorado River

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Authorities have recovered the body of a woman from the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon, but there is no word yet if it is the remains of an Englewood, Colo., woman who disappeared in earlier this year.

In January, we wrote about 21-year-old Kaitlin Anne Kennedy, who went missing during in river trip.

On Wednesday, boaters called rangers from a satellite phone to report finding a woman’s body at river mile 165 near Tuckup Canyon. The following morning, park rangers were flown to the area and brought the body back to the rim via helicopter, according National Park Service Officials.

The identity and other details haven’t been released pending positive identification and notification of relatives, but the Arizona Daily Sun pointed out the body was found about 30 miles down stream from where Kennedy disappeared.

For more information on Kennedy’s disappearance, go to:  http://blog.skulldiggersguild.com/2013/01/17/search-on-for-woman-missing-in-grand-canyon.aspx

Search for missing woman in Grand Canyon

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Date: January 15, 2013

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Twenty-one year old Kaitlin Kenney of Englewood, Colo., remains missing in Grand Canyon National Park; and an extensive search by the National Park Service has turned up no additional clues as to her whereabouts.

Kenney was last seen Friday, Jan. 11, at a river camp located near Tapeats Creek on the north side of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.

Rangers used the park’s helicopter to search the river corridor and area trails for two days after she was reported missing. In addition, ground-based search and rescue teams thoroughly searched the accessible trails, beaches, drainages and backcountry areas in the vicinity.

With no additional clues to guide search efforts on land, the decision was made to scale the search back to a continuous, but limited mode in which rangers and pilots will continue to search for clues when in the area.

In addition, flyers with Kenney’s picture and description remain posted at popular river trip launch and takeout points; and anyone who may have information regarding her whereabouts is encouraged to call the park tip line at 928-638-7767.