UPDATE: Hiker still missing in western Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — Floyd E. Roberts III — 52, of Treasure Island, Florida — remains missing in western Grand Canyon. Tuesday’s responding resources include seven ground teams and the National Park Service helicopter. Searchers from Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and Mohave County are helping the Grand Canyon National Park Search and Rescue team. The National Park Service is also consulting with Coconino County Search and Rescue.

Floyd E. Roberts III, of Treasure Island, Florida, was reported missing in the extreme western portion of Grand Canyon National Park, date of photo unspecified | Photo courtesy of Public Affairs, Grand Canyon National Park, St. George News
Floyd E. Roberts III, of Treasure Island, Florida, was reported missing in the extreme western portion of Grand Canyon National Park, date of photo unspecified | Photo courtesy of Public Affairs, Grand Canyon National Park, St. George News

The area the team is searching is rugged and covered in thick brush. Transportation to the area takes several hours. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning in effect through Wednesday; therefore, safety of the search team is a priority.

A base camp has been set up near Kelly Tanks with shade shelters, water and other resources for the search teams.

On Saturday at approximately 3 p.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call reporting Roberts missing in the extreme western portion of Grand Canyon, near Kelly Tanks in Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. Roberts and his party were on day one of a multi-day backpacking trip.

The National Park Service is conducting a Search and Rescue operation. A missing persons investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time and will be limited during the course of the search.

Any individual with information about Roberts should call the National Park Service information line at 928-638-7300.

Description of Roberts:

  • Name:         Floyd E. Roberts III
  • Age:             52 years old
  • Race:           Caucasian
  • Height:        5’11″
  • Weight:       170 pounds
  • Hair color:  Gray
  • Last seen wearing a red long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, multi-colored mesh Nike sneakers, a blue Lowe Alpine backpack, and white-rimmed sunglasses with orange lenses.

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4 Comments

  • Bob June 21, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    not a good time to be lost out in the desert

  • ladybugavenger June 21, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    It is so hot out there. Ugh. 🙁

  • .... June 21, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    If he’s nowhere near water with the heat index in that canyon he needs to found and found NOW !

  • ladybugavenger June 22, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Still no sign of this man? Ohhhhh dear, it’s too hot…it’s looking bleak 🙁

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