UPDATE: Man who died at Grand Canyon identified

NPS continues to investigate fatal fall

A man that died after falling into Grand Canyon's South Rim on Oct, 6 has been identified. National Park Service officials have identified the man as 47-year-old Michael S. Wilson of Scottsdale.

On Oct. 6, at approximately 4:15 p.m., National Park Service rangers responded to a 911 call. Witnesses reported seeing a man fall from the edge of the Canyon at the first overlook on the Desert View Drive.

Upon arriving at the scene, rangers on the rim and in the park helicopter spotted the victim approximately 250 feet below the rim. Rescue personnel quickly hiked down to the man, but determined that he had died as a result of the fall.

An investigation was initiated both below the rim and with witnesses on the rim. At the same time, the man's body was prepared for transport and lifted out of the Canyon by a park helicopter using a long-line operation.

The body was then transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner and transported to the Medical Examiner's office in Flagstaff.

The National Park Service is conducting the investigation.


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