GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon rangers say they've recovered the body of a man who was seen running up to and jumping into the massive gorge.
Park officials received a report of someone over the edge near Mather Point on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park at about 5:40 a.m. Friday.
Responding rangers spotted a body between 400 and 600 feet below the rim, and witnesses told them that they saw the man run up to and over the edge.
Initial efforts to hike to the body were unsuccessful, and search and rescue crew members had to rappel down into the canyon to recover it.
They lifted the man's body out around 1:15 p.m. by helicopter. He was taken to the Coconino County Medical Examiner.
Rangers are investigating the death as a suicide. The man's identity was not released.
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