Park rangers find body believed to be 22-year-old woman missing since April

Composite image. Background shows the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, no date specified | Background photo by wakr10/Getty images; composite by St. George News

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – A body located Saturday in Grand Canyon National Park is believed to be that of a young Louisiana woman who went missing early April.

This photo of Diana Zacarias was provided by the Grand Canyon National Park when she was reported missing in April 2016. She was last seen April 2, 2016, near Grand Canyon Village at the South Rim of the park. | Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon National Park, St. George News
This photo of Diana Zacarias was provided by the Grand Canyon National Park when she was reported missing in April 2016. She was last seen April 2, 2016, near Grand Canyon Village at the South Rim of the park. | Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon National Park, St. George News

Rangers were conducting scheduled training in the park Saturday when they located the remains of a woman below Pima Point. According to a park news release, the body is believed to be that of missing 22-year-old Diana Zacarias of Natchitoches, Louisiana, based on evidence they found at the location.

The remains found have been transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner for positive identification.

Zacarias was last seen in the Grand Canyon Village at the South Rim on April 2 where she arrived by Arizona Shuttle. At the time, she was also believed to have visited Yaki Point and Lookout Studio.

“We know she was at the South Rim,” park public affairs spokesman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski told St. George News in April. “It’s my understanding she posted a selfie of herself at the South Rim – to family or friends, I’m not sure.”

Hermit Road is a scenic route along the west end of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim which follows the rim for 7 miles. Pima Point is on the shuttle route. Human remains were found Saturday below Pima Point. Grand Canyon National Park officials believe to be those of Diana Zacarias who was last seen near Grand Canyon Village on April 2. | Map courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News
This map illustrates the proximity of Pima Point to Grand Canyon Village where Diana Zacarias arrived April 2. The Hermit Road scenic shuttle runs along the west end of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim. Grand Canyon National Park officials believe human remains found Saturday below Pima Point are those of Zacarias. | Map courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

According to an article posted online by Arizona State University, Pima Point is located on the northernmost edge of a wide promontory, allowing visitors a view of over 40 miles of the canyon.

“Today in the summertime the park’s free buses stop at Pima Point along Hermit Drive to the west of Grand Canyon Village,” the ASU post states. “It can also be reached by foot along the South Rim Trail.”

Zacarias’ family called the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center on April 3 and reported her missing. The National Park Service conducted a multi-day search and rescue operation, according to park news releases, both above and below the canyon’s rim by ground and helicopter.

The National Park Service and Coconino County Medical Examiner are continuing their investigation and not releasing any additional information at this time.

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1 Comment

  • .... August 5, 2016 at 6:20 am

    I was hoping for a different outcome. sad day, my condolences to the family ,

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