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24-year-old woman dies after fall at Grand Canyon National Park

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2012 at 6:20 am with No Comments »
February 28, 2012 6:20 am

From Grand Canyon National Park:

On Sunday, February 26th, 2012, park dispatch received a report that a hiker had fallen in Owl Eyes Canyon, which is located on the south side of the Colorado River across from the Tapeats Creek and Deer Creek areas. The park’s helicopter was dispatched to the area and discovered the woman’s body below a cliff in the Supai rock layer. Rangers then flew to the scene via helicopter, began their investigations, and prepared the body for transport. It was flown to the South Rim and turned over to the county medical examiner. The woman has been identified as 24-year-old Ioana Elise Hociota of Tempe, Arizona. According to Hociota’s husband, she and her hiking had hiked in the area several times before, had acquired a backcountry permit from the NPS, and were carrying a satellite phone. When they missed a regular check in on Saturday evening, he was alerted that there might be a problem. On Sunday, he traveled to their designated pick-up point, where he met her hiking partner, learned of the fall, and immediately notified the park. Initial investigations indicate that the 300-foot fall was accidental.

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