Grand Canyon officials respond to report of possible suicide, find deceased man

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

ST. GEORGE — Park rangers responded to a report of a possible suicide at Grand Canyon National Park Wednesday and located a deceased man upon arrival.

At approximately 9 a.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call alerting rangers to a potentially suicidal individual at Grand Canyon National Park, according to a statement issued Thursday by the National Park Service.

Responding park rangers located and recovered the body of a 48-year-old man below Pipe Creek Overlook on Desert View Drive Wednesday afternoon, National Park officials said.

Identification of the deceased individual is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service, the Old Bridge, New Jersey Police Department and the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

No further information was immediately available.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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1 Comment

  • .... December 3, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    This is very sad and tragic and my condolences to the family

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