A lack of clues in the search for a missing hiker in Grand Canyon National Park has prompted a decision to begin scaling back the effort.
While rangers will on occasion continue to look for Robert A. Williams with dogs near cliff areas, aerial efforts and more intensive ground searches will end. Mr. Williams, 69, of Surprise, Arizona, was reported missing by his family after failing to return from a Memorial Day Weekend trip to the Grand Canyon.
While rangers were able to narrow their search to the Hermit Basin area west of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim, an extensive search by helicopter, ground searchers, and a dog team yielded no clues as to Mr. Williams’ whereabouts. The decision to scale back the active search was based on the totality of circumstances including the rugged and steep terrain, the length of time that Mr. Williams has been missing (he was last seen on Saturday, May 23), and the number of hikers and searchers that have passed through the area without finding any indications as to Mr. Williams whereabouts.
Mr. Williams' daughter, Lisa Clarke, said her family “wanted to thank those people who saw the initial news release about the search for my father and took the time to call in and share some very helpful information.”