Body of woman missing in Grand Canyon found

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – A body recovered from the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park on March 22 has been identified as that of Kaitlin Anne Kenney, a woman missing in the park since Jan. 11.

Kenney, 21, of Englewood, Colo., was last seen in the evening of Jan. 11 at a river camp located near Tapeats Creek, river mile 134.5, on the north side of the Colorado River. Rangers used the park’s helicopter to search the river corridor and area trails for two days after she was reported missing. In addition, ground search and rescue teams thoroughly searched the accessible trails, beaches, drainages and backcountry areas in the vicinity.

With no additional clues to guide search efforts on land, the search was eventually scaled back to a continuous but limited mode in which rangers and pilots continued to search for clues when in the area. In addition, flyers with Kenney’s picture and description remained posted at popular river trip launch and takeout points.

On March 21, a private river trip reported finding a woman’s body in the river near mile 165. The body was transported to the rim by helicopter the following day and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office, who confirmed the body was Kenney’s last week.

The National Park Service is continuing its investigation into Kenney’s death in coordination with the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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