Park Rangers recovered body from below rim of Grand Canyon near Lookout Studio

Investigators considering death possible suicide

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call from a park visitor reporting a man over the edge below Lookout Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park at approximately 2 p.m. Friday.

Park rangers responded and called in the park's helicopter to help search for the body. The body was located more than 200 feet below the rim at approximately 2:30 pm. Upon locating the body, members of the park's technical rescue team hiked a short distance down the Bright Angel then traversed the canyon's edge to reach the body.

The man's body was flown out of the canyon via helicopter to the South Rim Helibase. From there the body was transported to Station One, located on the South Rim adjacent to the Grand Canyon Clinic, where it was met by the Coconino County Medical Examiner before being transported to Flagstaff.

The National Park Service is investigating the fatality as a possible suicide. The fall was witnessed by several visitors in the area.

Additional details regarding the identity of the individual are being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.

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