Sixth Fatal Fall in Grand Canyon This Year
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) _ A 22-year-old tourist became the sixth person to fall to his death at the Grand Canyon since April.
A cousin reported James Hyland of Sparta, N.J., missing Tuesday morning after he failed to return from a walk along the south rim late Monday. His body was recovered Wednesday.
Hyland was alone, but authorities believe he fell from a wall that was slippery because of frost, said Sgt. Rick Magnan of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Department. A bush at the base of the wall was crushed, as if Hyland had fallen on it before going over the edge, Magnan said Thursday.
A Wisconsin man fell to his death last week while posing for a photograph at the south rim. In April, a Colorado woman also fell to her death while preparing to pose for a photograph. Three people died in September.
Two people died in falls at the Grand Canyon in all of 1992, according to National Park Service records.