US Search for missing hikers in Grand Canyon being scaled back

17:46  20 april  2017
17:46  20 april  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Grand Canyon search for missing hikers aided by Merrell Boot

  Grand Canyon search for missing hikers aided by Merrell Boot 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.

The remote area at the bottom of the Grand Canyon , where searchers are in a fourth day trying to find a missing woman and a teenager, attracts only about Search crews are looking within a mile and a mile and half of where the hikers were last seen, as well as where the creek meets the Colorado River.

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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.

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