Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Body found in Grand Canyon likely boy swept away with step-grandmother

Body found in Grand Canyon likely boy swept away with step-grandmother

Standefer was reported missing on April 15 by members of his hiking party after losing his footing while crossing Tapeats Creek. On Saturday, April 15, 2017, Standefer, 14, and his step-grandmother, Lou-Ann Merrell, were swept down a remote creek in Grand Canyon National Park in Grand Canyon National Park.

Merrell, the footwear brand owned by Wolverine Worldwide, has been providing climbers and rescuers to assist in the search.

It was discovered Friday by a commercial river trip at Colorado River mile 152.

The child's body was airlifted and sent to the Coconino County Medical Examiner, where they will make a positive identification.

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The teen's grandmother, Lou Ann Merrell, 62, of Vernal is still missing.

This Sunday, April 16, 2017, photo provided by the National Park Service shows Tapeats Creek in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Merrell, who is from Utah, has not been found.

Officials are working to confirm that the body is Jackson's. Merrell is an experienced backcountry hiker, friends and family said, adding they were holding out hope for a miracle. The search was scaled back last week. The National Park Service conducted a multi-day search and rescue operation. Standefer was an eighth-grade student in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

School spokesman James Tanner said Friday the school had no comment because it had just learned of the news.

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