UPDATE Oct. 5 – The gentleman deceased in this story has been identified as Donald Haney of Cherokee Village, Arkansas. The National Park Service, with the assistance of the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Officer, conducted an investigation into the incident; and it was determined that 70-year old Haney died of natural causes.
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a visitor report on Oct. 3, at approximately 8:43 a.m., of a possible fatality at the Cape Royal Trailhead located on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
Upon arriving at the scene, emergency responders found the body of a white male, approximately 70 years of age, lying next to a vehicle. Rangers conducted their initial investigations then transported the body to the South Rim helibase via helicopter where it was met by the Coconino County Medical Examiner.
The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park
Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner.