Body found in Grand Canyon believed to be missing teenage boy

A body found on Friday by a commercial river trip in Grand Canyon National Park is believed to be that of a teenage boy who went missing in the park on April 15.

According to The Associated Press, 14-year-old Jackson Standefer and his step-grandmother LouAnn Merrell lost their footing on April 15 while crossing Tapeats Creek and were swept away.

Search and rescue teams spent days searching with boats, ground crews, drones and helicopter unsuccessfully. They had scaled back the search last week.

Tapeats Creek where Jackson Standefer and LouAnn Merrell lost their footing. Photo: Courtesy of National Park Service

The body found on Friday is believed to be Standefer’s, and was taken to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office, which will confirm the identification. Standefer and Merrell were on a family trip with Standefer’s mother and Merrell’s husband, Randy, co-founder of Merrell Boot Co.

There are still no signs of Merrell. Standefer was an eighth grade student in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Merrell was from Utah. Our hearts go out to their family.

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