A female hiker who went down below the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park with a friend who planned to join a float trip was found dead in the canyon after failing to return from the hike.
According to a report from the park, the woman's body was found near the Toroweap Valley.
The search for the woman began after a man called the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday to report an overdue hiker, the park said. According to the caller, the woman had gone to Tuweap on Tuesday with the caller’s son. The man indicated that his son was going to hike down Lava Falls Route to gain access to the Colorado River for a float trip. When the female failed to return home, the man became concerned and reported her overdue to the National Park Service.
Park rangers launched a search for the rafter Thursday morning and located him on the river late in the morning. The young man indicated that he had last seen his hiking companion on Lava Falls Route at mid-day on Tuesday. Park rangers then began an aerial search of Lava Falls Route and located the body of a female at approximately 1:00 p.m. Thursday.
The young woman’s name is being withheld pending positive identification by the Mohave County Medical Examiner and notification of next-of-kin.