May 18, 2024


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Man’s body, motorcycle found 465 feet below Grand Canyon rim, National Park Service says

The National Park Service said they believe they have found the body of a missing Kentucky man in the Grand Canyon.

National Park Service personnel located a body and motorcycle Wednesday below the South Kaibab Trailhead of the Grand Canyon after a multi-day search, officials said in a statement.

Officials said the person is believed to be John Pennington, 40, of Walton in northern Kentucky. Pennington has been missing since Feb. 23.

The identification was based on evidence found with the body. The body has been transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office, officials said.

Park rangers said in a statement that the body was found 465 feet below the rim and was taken out by helicopter.

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A missing person flyer issued by the National Park Service for John Pennington.

A missing person flyer issued by the National Park Service for John Pennington.

Pennington was believed to have entered Grand Canyon on or about Feb. 23 and abandoned his personal vehicle near Yaki Point, according to officials.

The National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner in Arizona were investigating.

According to The Associated Press, the statement said no additional information was immediately available. A park spokeswoman, Ranger Joelle Baird, did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Associated Press o whether there was any indication Pennington purposely drove into the canyon.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Grand Canyon death: Missing man, motorcycle found, officials say