Body of 14-year-old hiker Jackson Standefer found at Grand Canyon

Posted at 4:53 PM, Apr 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-29 23:46:40-04

The body of a 14-year-old hiker who had been missing in Grand Canyon National Park has been located.

Park officials said they were notified Friday that a group on a commercial river trip had located a body on the Colorado River.

Park rangers recovered the body and determined that initial information indicated it is that of 14-year-old Jackson Standefer.

Standefer went missing earlier this month with his step-grandmother, 62-year-old Lou-Ann Merrell, during a family trip in a remote area of the Arizona park.

The pair were reported missing on April 15 after losing heir footing while crossing Tapeats Creek. Park crews conducted a multi-day search and rescue operation.

Merrell's whereabouts remain unclear at this point.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner.