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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

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Kentucky man reported missing at Grand Canyon

John Pennington abandoned his car and is believed to be on a yellow motorcycle.

A 40-year-old man has gone missing at the Grand Canyon, sparking a search by the National Park Service.

John Pennington, of Walton, Kentucky, was last known to be at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, near Yaki Point, the National Park Service said.

Pennington abandoned his vehicle at Yaki Point on or around Feb. 23 and is believed to be traveling alone, possibly on a yellow motorcycle, the park service said.

Grand Canyon spokesperson Joelle Baird said Monday, “Yesterday and continuing today our aviation crew will continue aerial search reconnaissance flights.”

Rangers ask anyone who may have seen Pennington or the yellow motorcycle to call the park service’s Investigative Services Branch Tip Line at 888-653-0009.

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