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Was It An Accident, Or Suicide, Behind Latest Death in Grand Canyon National Park?


A man's body has been recovered roughly 250 feet below Moran Point on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. NPS photo.

Another death has been reported at Grand Canyon National Park, this one involving a man who either fell -- or jumped -- from the South Rim near Moran Point.

More than a few suicides have been committed at the park, though park officials are not speculating on the cause of the latest incident. According to a park release, at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Sunday the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of a "man seen exiting a car at Moran Point, climbing over a retaining wall and lying down on the edge of the canyon rim."

"When park rangers arrived at Moran Point, they found the car, but no sign of the man witnesses had described. Additional physical investigations had to be postponed until daylight," the release added.

On Monday morning, after confirming that the car was still parked at Moran Point and there was still no sign of the man witnesses had seen driving it there, search and rescue rangers were called in to begin a semi-technical search below the rim. Based on evidence found below the rim, the park’s helicopter was called in to do a reconnaissance of the area; and at approximately noon Monday the helicopter’s crew reported sighting the body of a man approximately 250 feet below the rim.

The body was removed via helicopter n and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner. Park rangers were continuing an investigation into the matter.

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