Rangers at Grand Canyon National Park are trying to determine how a man fell 200 feet to his death from the South Rim near Mather Point.
Other visitors contacted the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center about 12:30 p.m. Saturday to report a man's body below the rim in an area between Mather Point and Pipe Creek Vista roughly 2 miles east of the South Rim Village.
The body was spotted a short time later by park rangers who had initially responded by helicopter, according to a park release. Park search and rescue rangers then rappelled down to where the man’s body had been located and prepared the body for transport via helicopter to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
The body then was to be transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner, located in Flagstaff, Ariz., the park said.
The man had been visiting the park with his son, daughter-in-law and other extended family. The man’s identification was being withheld pending notification of additional family members.