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Body Believed to Be Teen Hiker Found, Grandmother Still Missing

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The body of a 14-year-old boy who went missing with his grandmother two weeks ago while out on a hike in the Grand Canyon has likely been found, according to reports. 

The Grand Canyon National Park says the body was found on Friday by a commercial river trip and is believed to be Jackson Standefer. 

Read: Family Releases Last Photos of Missing Teen and Grandmother After His Camera Was Found in Grand Canyon

The body was taken by helicopter to the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office, which will confirm the identification, according to reports. 

Mark McOmie, Standefer's uncle, said in a Facebook post that the family is waiting to comment until the body is formally identified.

Standefer and his grandmother LouAnn Merrell, 62, went missing in the Arizona park on April 15. Merrell has still not been found. 

Merrell, the wife of famed boot-maker Randy Merrell, was on a multi-day hike with her stepgrandson and the boy’s mother when she and the boy lost their footing while crossing a creek and were swept away by water.

Search teams combed the area by land, water, and air, but last week the search was scaled back. 

Authorities found Standefer’s backpack, which had a GoPro attached to it, during the search last week.

Read: Police Ask for Public's Help to Find 5-Year-Old Boy Missing for 2 Days

The camera had the last photos of Merrell and the teen. The family later released the photos to the public. 

Watch: Mom and 2 Kids Missing After Mother Goes On Blind Date

 

 

 

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