Two rangers from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area have been killed in a plane crash, Park Service officials said.
NRA officials said that early Saturday morning Glen Canyon National Recreation Area dispatch center received word that a private plane, piloted by Dangling Rope District Law Enforcement Ranger Laurie Axelsen, was overdue and missing. One passenger, Glen Canyon’s Chief Law Enforcement Ranger, Brent McGinn, was also on board.
Approximately three hours later, searchers discovered the wreckage of the Cessna in the Dixie National Forest. A ground team confirmed that both individuals were deceased. They had been on a scouting trip for an upcoming elk hunt, NRA officials said.
In addition to county and local resources, National Park Service staff from Grand Canyon National Park is assisting Glen Canyon NRA with this incident. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. The investigation was continuing.