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grand canyon: found body likely teenage boy from tennessee


grand canyon national park, ariz. — 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. it was transported by helicopter to the coconino county medical examiner, which will confirm identification.standefer was an eighth-grade student at the mccallie school, an all-boys boarding institution






body found in grand canyon likely missing teen, park officials say


grand canyon national park, ariz. -- 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. louann merrell and her stepgrandson, jackson standefer, were crossing a creek in the grand canyon on april 15 when they lost their footing.  kutv grand canyon national park says the body was found on the colorado river at river mile 152, inside the park, cbs






grand canyon: found body likely teenage boy from tennessee


grand canyon national park, ariz. (ap) — 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. it was transported by helicopter to the coconino county medical examiner, which will confirm identification.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.standefer was an eighth-grade s






trekker missing for 47 days rescued in nepal days after girlfriend died


a woman who was swept down a backcountry creek in grand canyon national park along with her stepgrandson is an experienced hiker and married to a founder of a popular outdoor footwear company, family members said monday.authorities were searching for jackson standefer, 14, and lou-ann merrell,...a woman who was swept down a backcountry creek in grand canyon national park along with her stepgrandson is an experienced hiker and married to a founder of a popular outdoor footwear company, family members said monday.authorities were searching for jackson standefer, 14, and lou-ann merrell,... (jacques billeaud, sheila burke)






grand canyon officials continue search for missing hikers


a woman who was swept down a backcountry creek in grand canyon national park along with her stepgrandson is an experienced hiker and married to a founder of a popular outdoor footwear company, family members said monday.authorities were searching for jackson standefer, 14, and lou-ann merrell,...a woman who was swept down a backcountry creek in grand canyon national park along with her stepgrandson is an experienced hiker and married to a founder of a popular outdoor footwear company, family members said monday.authorities were searching for jackson standefer, 14, and lou-ann merrell,... (jacques billeaud, sheila burke)






merrell offers to assist grand canyon search for woman, teen


phoenix (ap) — the national park service says the search for two missing hikers related to the co-founder of the merrell boot co. is difficult and complex and that it is not requesting any additional resources despite an announcement from the family that it planned on sending its own support.a spokeswoman said wednesday that the park service is working closely with the family of 62-year-old louann merrell and 14-year-old jackson standefer and is considering the resources their family has suggested donating.the family announced late tuesday night that the merrell company would be providing climbers and rescuers and that the family of the missing boy was offering a military-grade drone to assist in the search. the merrell company is owned by wolverine worldwide.louann merrell, the wife of ra






crews search for hikers swept away in grand canyon creek


grand canyon national park, ariz. — authorities searched grand canyon national park on monday for a teenager and his step-grandmother who were swept away as they tried to cross a creek during a family trip in a remote part of the park.two fellow hikers in their group alerted officials over the weekend by setting off an emergency gps locator beacon in the backcountry below the canyon's north rim, according to chief ranger matt vandzura of the national park service.he said the 14-year-old boy and 62-year-old woman lost their footing and were swept away saturday in tapeats creek, a tributary of the colorado river that runs through the arizona landmark.the mccallie school, an all-boys school in chattanooga, tennessee, said one of its students, eighth-grader jackson standefer, and his step-gran






bootmaker founder's wife, teen, missing in grand canyon


relatively few visitors even try to hike a rugged, remote area at the bottom of the grand canyon where the wife of the founder of merrell boot co. and a teenager went missing last weekend, according to the national park service.tapeats creek, where lou-ann merrell and jackson standefer, 14, lost their footing during a family trip, is not particularly difficult to hike for experienced backpackers, said chris forsyth, president of the grand canyon hikers & backpackers association board. but heavy water rushing through the creek can make it challenging, he said.merrell is the wife of randy merrell, who helped found the merrell boot co.the merrells, standefer and the boy's mother were on a path known as tapeats trail when the pair fell, authorities said. the merrell family accessed the area by






grand canyon hikers lost in creek are teen and grandmother


the mouth of tapeats creek, seen from the colorado river.grand canyon national park, ariz. (ap) — authorities searched grand canyon national park on monday for a teenager and his step-grandmother who were swept away as they tried to cross a creek during a family trip in a remote part of the park.two hikers in their group alerted officials over the weekend by setting off an emergency gps locator beacon in the backcountry below the canyon’s north rim, according to chief ranger matt vandzura of the national park service.he said the 14-year-old boy and 62-year-old woman lost their footing and were swept away saturday in tapeats creek, a tributary of the colorado river that runs through the arizona landmark.the mccallie school, an all-boys school in chattanooga, tennessee, said one of its stude






missing grand canyon hikers are from merrell boot family


the mouth of tapeats creek, seen from the colorado river.by jacques billeaud and sheila burke, associated pressa woman and her stepgrandson were swept down a remote creek in grand canyon national park, but the family is holding out hope that the woman — whose husband is the founder of an  outdoor footwear company — has the skills to keep them both alive.jackson standefer in an undated photo. (mark mcomie via ap) jackson standefer, 14, and lou-ann merrell,  62, lost their footing saturday while crossing tapeats creek during a family trip in the arizona park. merrell is the wife of randy merrell, who helped found the merrell boot co. in 1981.mark mcomie, jackson’s uncle, said the water roars down through rocks, so the family is hoping the two could be on a boulder or in a cave.officials were






drones used for first time by park service in unsuccessful search for hikers in


the desperate effort this week to find two hikers who disappeared at the bottom of the grand canyon represented the national park service's most extensive use yet of drones in a search-and-rescue mission. the grand canyon is the only national park with its own fleet of unmanned aircraft for locating people who have gotten lost, stranded, injured or killed. under a program that began last fall, it has five drones and four certified operators. while the aerial search for the two hikers came up empty, it threw a spotlight on technology that can enter crevices and other rugged spots unreachable by foot while sparing searchers the dangers of going up in a helicopter. with its steep cliffs, nearly 2,000 square miles and mesmerizing views, the grand canyon can be as dangerous as it is captivating






the latest: search continues for 2 missing at grand canyon


grand canyon national park, ariz. — the latest on the search for two missing hikers at grand canyon national park (all times local):2:15 p.m.family members say one of hikers swept away while crossing a remote creek in grand canyon national park is the wife of the founder of the merrell boot company.the uncle of the missing teen from tennessee told the associated press that the boy, his mother and his stepgrandparents were crossing a water trail saturday evening when he and his stepgrandmother fell in and were swept away by the water.mark mcomie identified the step-grandparents as randy merrill, founder of merrell boot co., and his wife lou-ann.the mccallie school in chattanooga, tennessee, released a statement monday saying the missing hikers are eighth-grader jackson standefer and his ste






search for missing hikers in grand canyon being scaled back


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 body found friday likely missing teen hiker


grand canyon national park, ariz. — the grand canyon national park says that 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. it was transported by helicopter to the coconino county medical examiner, which will confirm identification.louann merrell, the wife of merrell boot co. co-founder randy merrell, has not been found






experienced hiker, teen swept away by water in grand canyon


a woman who was swept down a backcountry creek in grand canyon national park along with her stepgrandson is an experienced hiker and married to a founder of a popular outdoor footwear company, family members said monday.authorities were searching for jackson standefer, 14, and lou-ann merrell, 62, wife of randy merrell, who helped found the merrell boot co. in 1981.the pair lost their footing saturday and fell into the water during a family trip with randy merrell and the boy's mother in a remote area of the arizona park.officials were alerted when an emergency gps locator beacon was set off below the canyon's north rim, said chief ranger matt vandzura of the national park service.mark mcomie, jackson's uncle, said the merrells are avid hikers and know the area well. he said lou-ann and ra






experienced hiker swept away in grand canyon along with teen – the denver post


by jacques billeaud and sheila burkephoenix (ap) — a woman who was swept down a backcountry creek in grand canyon national park along with her stepgrandson is an experienced hiker and married to a founder of a popular outdoor footwear company, family members said monday.authorities were searching for jackson standefer, 14, and lou-ann merrell, 62, wife of randy merrell, who helped found the merrell boot co. in 1981.the pair lost their footing saturday and fell into the water during a family trip with randy merrell and the boy’s mother in a remote area of the arizona park.officials were alerted when an emergency gps locator beacon was set off below the canyon’s north rim, said chief ranger matt vandzura of the national park service.mark mcomie, jackson’s uncle, said the merrells are avid hi






missing hikers swept down grand canyon creek related to merrell boot founder – t


phoenix — a woman who was swept down a backcountry creek in grand canyon national park along with her stepgrandson is an experienced hiker and married to a founder of a popular outdoor footwear company, family members said monday.mark mcomie vi apjackson standeferauthorities were searching for jackson standefer, 14, and lou-ann merrell, 62, wife of randy merrell, who helped found the merrell boot co. in 1981.the pair lost their footing saturday and fell into the water during a family trip with randy merrell and the boy’s mother in a remote area of the arizona park.officials were alerted when an emergency gps locator beacon was set off below the canyon’s north rim, said chief ranger matt vandzura of the national park service.mark mcomie, jackson’s uncle, said the merrells are avid hikers an






missing hikers swept down grand canyon creek related to merrell boot founder – t


phoenix — a woman who was swept down a backcountry creek in grand canyon national park along with her stepgrandson is an experienced hiker and married to a founder of a popular outdoor footwear company, family members said monday.mark mcomie vi apjackson standeferauthorities were searching for jackson standefer, 14, and lou-ann merrell, 62, wife of randy merrell, who helped found the merrell boot co. in 1981.the pair lost their footing saturday and fell into the water during a family trip with randy merrell and the boy’s mother in a remote area of the arizona park.officials were alerted when an emergency gps locator beacon was set off below the canyon’s north rim, said chief ranger matt vandzura of the national park service.mark mcomie, jackson’s uncle, said the merrells were avid hikers a






grand canyon officials hunt for trace of hiker, stepgrandson


a woman and her stepgrandson were swept down a remote creek in grand canyon national park, but the family is holding out hope that the 62-year-old wife of a popular outdoor footwear company founder has the skills to keep them both alive until they're found, a family member said.lou-ann merrell, wife of randy merrell — who helped found the merrell boot co. in 1981 — and jackson standefer, 14, lost their footing saturday during a family trip in the arizona park and fell into the creek. mark mcomie, jackson's uncle, said the water roars down through rocks, so the family is hoping the two could be on a boulder or have found a cave for shelter.officials were alerted when an emergency gps locator beacon was set off below the canyon's north rim, said chief ranger matt vandzura of the national par






grand canyon searchers seek hiker, stepgrandson swept down remote creek


a woman and her stepgrandson were swept down a remote creek in grand canyon national park, but the family is holding out hope that the 62-year-old wife of a popular outdoor footwear company founder has the skills to keep them both alive until they’re found, a family member said.lou-ann merrell, wife of randy merrell - who helped found the merrell boot co. in 1981 - and jackson standefer, 14, lost their footing saturday during a family trip in the arizona park and fell into the creek. mark mcomie, jackson’s uncle, said the water roars down through rocks, so the family is hoping the two could be on a boulder or have found a cave for shelter.officials were alerted when an emergency gps locator beacon was set off below the canyon’s north rim, said chief ranger matt vandzura of the national par






national park service searches for missing hikers who fell into remote creek in


a woman and her stepgrandson were swept down a remote creek in grand canyon national park, but the family is holding out hope that the 62-year-old wife of a popular outdoor footwear company founder has the skills to keep them both alive until they’re found, a family member said.lou-ann merrell, wife of randy merrell — who helped found the merrell boot co. in 1981 — and jackson standefer, 14, lost their footing saturday during a family trip in the arizona park and fell into the creek. mark mcomie, jackson’s uncle, said the water roars down through rocks, so the family is hoping the two could be on a boulder or have found a cave for shelter.officials were alerted when an emergency gps locator beacon was set off below the canyon’s north rim, said chief ranger matt vandzura of the national par






grand canyon officials continue search for missing hikers


a woman and her stepgrandson were swept down a remote creek in grand canyon national park, but the family is holding out hope that the 62-year-old wife of a popular outdoor footwear company founder has the skills to keep them both alive until they're found, a family member said.lou-ann merrell, wife of randy merrell — who helped found the merrell boot co. in 1981 — and jackson standefer, 14, lost their footing saturday during a family trip in the arizona park and fell into the creek. mark mcomie, jackson's uncle, said the water roars down through rocks, so the family is hoping the two could be on a boulder or have found a cave for shelter.officials were alerted when an emergency gps locator beacon was set off below the canyon's north rim, said chief ranger matt vandzura of the national par






search for missing hikers in grand canyon being scaled back


grand canyon national park, ariz. (ap) — the search in grand canyon national park for two missing hikers swept down a stream is being scaled back, a park spokeswoman said thursday.robin martin said the search for 62-year-old louann merrell and her 14-year-old stepgrandson, jackson standefer, would continue thursday with use of a helicopter, drone and motorized inflatable raft.however, the searchers on the ground won’t be used because they’ve now checked areas that they can reach on foot, martin said.the hikers have been missing since late saturday when they lost their footing while crossing a stream in a remote area of the grand canyon.most read stories3-course dinners for $32 starting april 2.a statement released by the hikers’ families thanked the searchers and said the families “are sti