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Officials recover man’s body from Grand Canyon

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. ” A helicopter rescue team on Saturday recovered the body of a man who may have fallen off the edge of the Grand Canyon from about 300 feet below the rim.

National Park Service spokeswoman Shannan Marcak says park rangers found what appeared to be an abandoned rental car near a picnic area on Wednesday, and began a search Friday when the car was still there.

They discovered a chair, camera and other items they believed to belong to the rental car’s driver near the picnic area, then later found a body below the edge of the canyon’s South Rim. Conditions were reported to be very icy.

The man is believed to be in his early 40s. Park officials said earlier that the victim may be from Minnesota but added later Saturday that they were unsure of his hometown.

Marcak says an investigation is under way and an autopsy pending.