Body retrieved from below rim at Grand Canyon

Incident remains under investigation

Grand Canyon National Park rescue personnel have retrieved the body of a man that has been identified as 58-year-old Richard D. Jenkins of Chicago, Ill., from below the South Rim of the park Oct. 22.

On Oct. 22, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center was notified that an abandoned duffle bag had been turned in at the Yavapai Observation Station. Upon responding to Yavapai, investigative rangers were shown where the duffle bag was found. While searching the area, rangers observed what appeared to be a body approximately 300-feet below the rim. The park helicopter, which was on its way to the North Rim, was diverted to the scene and confirmed these observations.

Park rescue personnel were then dispatched to hike down to the Tonto Plateau and cross over to the body's location below and just east of Yavapai Point. Upon reaching their destination, rangers found Jenkins' body. The body was prepared for transport and was lifted out by helicopter via long-line operation at approximately 4 p.m.

The rim trail remained open throughout the operation. However, portions of the rim itself were temporarily closed in order to assure the safety of park personnel below the rim.

The body was transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner's office. The National Park Service is conducting an investigation into the incident.

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