Body of Missing Hiker Found in Colorado River

As reported on April 21, two hikers, identified as Lou Ann Merrell, 62, and Jackson Standefer, 14, were reported missing in the Colorado River. One of the hikers’ bodies ahs been found:

On Friday, April 28 the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center was notified by a commercial river trip that they located a body on the Colorado River at River Mile 152. Park rangers responded and recovered the body, which was transported to the rim by helicopter and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner. Initial information indicates the body is that of missing 14 year old hiker Jackson Standefer.

Standefer was reported missing on April 15 by members of his hiking party after losing his footing while crossing Tapeats Creek. The National Park Service conducted a multi-day search and rescue operation. [NPS Story]



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