UPDATE: Body identified as one of three missing

A body found in the Colorado River near Phantom Ranch a little after noon yesterday was identified as 16-year-old Mark Merrill. He was one of three young men who went missing after jumping into the river Thursday.

Searchers found the body about a mile downriver from Boat Beach in an eddy on river right after a long-term Phantom Ranch volunteer reported seeing something in the water.

Search efforts continue for 22-year-old Joey Merrill and 16 year-old Saif Savaya, the two young men still missing in the Colorado River. Park rangers have searched an area on the river from Boat Beach to Hermit Rapid, a distance of approximately 10 river miles. Rangers have searched by helicopter, by boat and on foot.

A search dog and its handler also searched the area below Boat Beach on both sides of the river, and park rangers prepared and distributed a missing person's flyer to boaters and hikers along the river.

(Editor's note: The brief introducing this article had the victim listed as "Mike Merrill" while the body contained the correct name of "Mark Merrill." It was corrected on May 13.)


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