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Body of man recovered below Grand Canyon's south rim identified

December 1, 2009 |  8:38 am


The body of a man recovered from beneath the south rim of the Grand Canyon on Saturday afternoon has been identified as that of B. Holt Vaughn, 62, of Broomfield, Colo. He's believed to have fallen about 400 feet the same day from an area between Mather Point and Pipe Creek Vista, two miles east of South Rim Village. 

Grand Canyon National Park rangers recovered the body via rappelling and helicopter, and a National Park Service investigation continues. Vaughn, a retired social worker and a disabled Army veteran, had been visiting the park with his son, daughter-in-law and others when the incident occurred, according to a news release issued Monday.

In 2007, a 4-year-old girl fell to her death from the same area, and on average about three people die annually because of falls from the Grand Canyon rim. The park receives about 5 million visitors a year.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Tourists gather on the viewing platform at Mather Point on the south rim of the Grand Canyon in a 1999 file photo. Credit: Jake Bacon / Arizona Daily Sun