Two bodies were found in the Grand Canyon last week according to a pair of statements released recently by the National Park Service. Here are the statements.
Missing Man’s Body Found Below South Rim
Last Thursday afternoon, rangers received a report from a Peregrine Fund staffer of a possible body below the South Rim in the Mather Point area. Due to poor weather conditions and the late hour, rangers had to wait until Friday to confirm the report. They spotted the body that morning and rappelled 500 feet to the victim’s location. The body was retrieved by helicopter and turned over to the county medical examiner, who tentatively identified the victim as 47-year-old Shaw Ostermann of Tempe, Arizona. Rangers had been trying to find him since his car was found abandoned in a parking lot on April 16th (click here for the original report). An investigation into his death is underway.
Search For Suicidal Woman Culminates In Body Discovery
Rangers retrieved a woman’s body from below the Trail View overlook on the South Rim on Friday morning. She had been the subject of a search since early Thursday morning, when Phoenix PD contacted the park and reported that the potentially suicidal woman might be in the park. Rangers immediately began simultaneously searching for her in primary visitor areas and seeking clues to help them narrow down the search area. Shortly before 8 a.m., a bus driver reported that a woman fitting her description had gotten out of the shuttle about an hour earlier. Rangers then found her vehicle at the Bright Angel Lodge, confirming that she was likely at the west end of the village, so search efforts were concentrated in that area. Just before 11 a.m., the weather cleared enough for the park’s helicopter to be launched and join the search. Fifteen minutes later, an observer in the helicopter spotted a body about 100 feet below the Trail View overlook. Rangers were dispatched to the scene to conduct an initial investigation and prepare the body for transport, but retrieval of the body had to be delayed until Friday due to poor weather conditions. An investigation into her death is being conducted.