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US Search for missing hikers in Grand Canyon being scaled back

17:46  20 april  2017
17:46  20 april  2017 Source:   ap.org

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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — Grand Canyon National Park officials are scaling back a search for two missing hikers swept down a stream below the North Rim. Jackson Standefer (pictured) and his step-grandmother, LouAnn Merrell, were swept down a remote creek.

(AP) - Grand Canyon National Park officials are scaling back a search for two missing hikers swept down a stream below the North Rim. This morning the Merrell and Standefer families are still praying for a miracle in Grand Canyon National Park.

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)

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — 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.

The hikers have been missing since late Saturday when they lost their footing while crossing a stream during a multi-day hike in a remote area of the canyon.

Grand Canyon: Found body likely teenage boy from Tennessee .
The Grand Canyon National Park says a body that was found on Friday is likely of a 14-year-old hiker who went missing nearly two weeks ago while in the bottom of the canyon during a family trip.Jackson Standefer of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was crossing a creek on April 15 when he and his step-grandmother, LouAnn Merrell, lost their footing and were swept away. Park rangers spent days searching with a helicopter, ground crew, drone and motorized inflatable boat. The search was scaled back last week.The park says the body was found by a commercial river trip.

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