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2/28/2012 8:44:00 AM
Woman falls 300 feet to her death at Grand Canyon
Victim identified as 24-year-old Ioana Hociota
Williams-Grand Canyon News


GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - On Feb. 26, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report that a female hiker had fallen in Owl Eyes Canyon. Owl Eyes Canyon is located on the south side of the Colorado River, across from the Tapeats Creek and Deer Creek areas, approximately 30 miles northwest of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim.

The park's helicopter was dispatched to the area and discovered a body below a cliff in the Supai rock layer. Rangers then responded to the scene via helicopter where they began their investigations and prepared the body for transport.

The body was lifted to a landing zone in the area via short-haul (suspended by a rope below the helicopter), then moved into the helicopter for transport to the South Rim where it was transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

The woman has been identified as 24-year-old Ioana Elise Hociota of Tempe, Ariz.

According to Hociota's husband, while she and her hiking partner were not using an established trail, they had hiked in the area several times before, had acquired a backcountry permit from the National Park Service (NPS), and were carrying a satellite phone. When they missed a regular check in on Feb. 25, he was alerted that there might be a problem. On Feb. 26, he traveled to their designated pick-up point where he met her hiking partner, learned of the fall and immediately notified the NPS.

Initial investigations indicate that the 300-foot fall was accidental. The investigation is being conducted by the NPS with the assistance of the Coconino County Medical Examiner.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2012
Article comment by: John Holiman

I have hike the Canyon for 40 years and
have been on mark trails and unmark as
well.
This could happen to anybody, no matter
how well your prepered you are,
My heart and my prayers to the family
and friends to
"The Lady Adventure of the Grand Canyon"


Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2012
Article comment by: John Holiman

I have hike the Canyon for 40 years and
have been on mark trails and unmark as
well.
This could happen to anybody, no matter
how well your prepered you are,
My heart and my prayers to the family
and friends to
"The Lady Adventure of the Grand Canyon"


Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012
Article comment by: Lennie Lefler

This was an accident that occurred while a very experienced canyon Hiker was doing what she (and I) loved doing. Condolences to her husband and family. And Raylene---she wasn't breaking any rules. She was hiking the Grand Canyon--and there was an accident. Period.

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012
Article comment by: Raylene Messina

I worked at GC and this is a regular occurence-The article specifies that they were NOT using an established trail - which is why these tragedies occur. People need to be aware of the fact and follow the rules, then things like this would not occur. That is the whole point of reporting things like this. No disrespect to the family.

Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Article comment by: K G

Ryan, this girl was a close friend of my Anatomy Professsor, he was at her wedding 9 mos earlier and she just graduated from college. Let's try to keep some perspective and respect for the family that is truly suffering right now.

Posted: Monday, March 5, 2012
Article comment by: Josh L

Yes please, let's focus on citation instead of the fact that someone's wife, daughter, and friend died doing something that she loved. Great point.

Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Article comment by: Ryan M.

This article seems to lifted word for word from the National Park Service's Morning Report... Any desire to credit or cite your story?



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