GRANDEUR POINT — While on a recent resource patrol below the rim of the Grand Canyon, rangers discovered human remains in a spot about 400 feet below Grandeur Point.
Park ranger Bonnie Taylor rappels over the rim at Grandeur Point. (Photo by Greg Moore/NPS)
Rangers estimated the skeletal remains to be several years old. On Friday, Grand Canyon National Park’s search-and-rescue team performed a recovery operation.
National Park Service helicopter 210 was utilized in the operation with Eddie Thoroughgood at the controls. An experienced pilot who was recently recognized for his efforts in a Zion National Park rescue, Thoroughgood positioned the helicopter while a ranger rapelled over the edge.
The recovery was completed using a 150-foot sling load.
Grandeur Point is located about one-fourth mile west of Yavapai Point. Besides GCNP’s search-and-rescue team, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office also took part in the recovery effort.
The remains were transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office in Flagstaff in an attempt to make a positive identification.
The National Park Service and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a joint investigation.