Hiker discovered dead below Grand Canyon South Rim

The Boucher Trail on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., date not specified | Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — A man was found dead after apparently falling hundreds of feet from a hiking trail in Grand Canyon National Park

On Tuesday at approximately 8:04 a.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of an overdue hiker in the vicinity of the Boucher Trail within Grand Canyon National Park.

An aerial search of the area began that morning at approximately 10 a.m. The hiker’s body was then located between Yuma Point and Dripping Springs, approximately 200 feet below the Boucher Trail.

The deceased, Ralph Stoll, 57, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was recovered and transported via helicopter to the South Rim.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to the park service, no additional information is available at this time.

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