US Grand Canyon search for missing hikers aided by Merrell Boot

21:36  19 april  2017
21:36  19 april  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Search for missing hikers in Grand Canyon being scaled back

  Search for missing hikers in Grand Canyon being scaled back Grand Canyon National Park officials are scaling back a search for two missing hikers swept down a stream below the North Rim. Park spokeswoman Robin Martin says the search for 62-year-old LouAnn Merrell and her 14-year-old stepgrandson, Jackson Standefer, will continue Thursday with the use of a helicopter, drone and motorized inflatable raft.Martin says ground teams no longer will be used because they've now checked areas that they can reach on foot.A statement released by the hikers' families says they support the decision to scale back the search and thank all those involved in the effort.

PHOENIX (AP) — A relative of two hikers missing in the Grand Canyon since last weekend says the Merrell Boot Co. is donating search resources to find Lou-Ann Merrell and her 14-year-old step grandson, Jackson Standefer.

A relative of two hikers missing in the Grand Canyon since last weekend says the Merrell Boot Co. is donating search resources to find Lou-Ann Merrell and her 14-year-old step grandson, Jackson Standefer.

This Sunday, April 16, 2017, photo provided by the National Park Service shows Tapeats Creek in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Authorities are searching for Jackson Standefer, 14, and Lou-Ann Merrell, 62, after the pair lost their footing Saturday and fell into the water during a family trip in a remote area of the Arizona park. (National Park Service via AP) © The Associated Press This Sunday, April 16, 2017, photo provided by the National Park Service shows Tapeats Creek in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Authorities are searching for Jackson Standefer, 14, and Lou-Ann Merrell, 62, after the pair lost their footing Saturday and fell into the water during a family trip in a remote area of the Arizona park. (National Park Service via AP)

PHOENIX — A relative of two hikers missing in the Grand Canyon since last weekend says the Merrell Boot Co. is donating search resources to find Lou-Ann Merrell and her 14-year-old step grandson, Jackson Standefer.

She is the wife of company co-founder Randy Merrell.

The boy's uncle, Mark McOmie, says the company is providing climbers, rescuers and a military grade drone.

The hikers were swept away Saturday in a creek after losing their footing in a remote part of the national park.

The National Park Service has deployed a helicopter, drone, inflatable motor boat and about 20 search and rescue personnel.

McOmie said late Tuesday night that relatives hope Merrell and the boy will be found soon.

Randy Merrell and the boy's mother were hiking with them when they disappeared.

Three dead in Colorado mountain home in apparent triple homicide .
<p>Two men and a woman were found dead from traumatic injuries inside a mountain home in Colorado on Saturday in a suspected triple homicide, police said.</p>Three bodies were found in a house in Coal Creek Canyon, about 30 miles northwest of Denver, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

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