Body retrieved from 700 feet below canyon rim identified

Man reported missing in White Plains, NY retrieved May 6

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The body of a young man recovered from below the rim May 6, in Grand Canyon National Park, has been identified as that of 24-year-old Robert Watson of White Plains, New York.

The body was discovered by a search team on April 25. Due to the inaccessible nature of the terrain, extensive planning and 25 personnel were needed to recover the body which was located almost 700 feet below the rim.

Search operations had been ongoing since April 6 as weather and available personnel allowed. The search began with the report of a vehicle that appeared to have been abandoned near the Shrine of the Ages on the South Rim. Rangers determined that it was associated with a missing person report filed in White Plains on March 21.

Watson's death was ruled "death by falling." An investigation into the incident was conducted by the National Park Service with the assistance of the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

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