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Missing Kentucky Man Found, With A Motorcycle, 465-Feet Below The South Rim

John Pennington

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The search for a missing Kentucky man at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon has come to a tragic end. National Park Service personnel located a body and motorcycle below the South Kaibab Trailhead Wednesday, following a multi-day search and rescue operation. Park Rangers recovered the body, which was located about 465-feet below the rim. Park spokeswoman Joelle Baird says “he was found below the rim with his motorcycle.” She added, “we can’t be sure he was riding the motorcycle over the edge, but we believe, at this time, that he was on his motorcycle.” The body was taken by helicopter to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office. Based on evidence found with the body, the person is believed to be 40-year-old John Pennington. Pennington was last known to be near Yaki Point. Pennington left his vehicle at the point on or around February 23rd and was believed to be traveling alone. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.