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Scottsdale man found dead during hike at Grand Canyon

December 22, 2021 GMT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A Scottsdale man who was hiking one of the most difficult trails in the Grand Canyon has been found dead.

The body of Ralph Stoll, 57, was found about 200 feet (61 meters) below Boucher Trail, Grand Canyon National Park said Wednesday. Park officials didn’t say how he died.

Dispatchers at the Grand Canyon received a report Tuesday morning of an overdue hiker near the trail. The park said it launched an aerial search and located Stoll’s body between Yuma Point and Dripping Springs. He was airlifted from the canyon.

The National Park Service and the Coconino County medical examiner’s office are investigating.

The Grand Canyon said Boucher Trail is challenging, even for experienced hikers. It’s located in a secluded part of the canyon below the South Rim.