A young woman from Colorado has been reported missing during a trip to the Grand Canyon over the weekend, reports say.21-year old Kaitlin Anne Kenney of Englewood, Colorado is yet to be found. She disappeared 5 days ago, having been seen last on Friday, November 11.
On Saturday, her friends alerted the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center, Arizona Daily Independent writes. Her group camped out at river mile 134.5, in the proximity of Tapeats Creek. The creek lies on the north bank of the Colorado River.
Search efforts were mostly concentrated in the Tapeats, although helicopter teams also scoured other areas along the river. The Surprise Valley and Deer Creek drainages were also searched. Ground crews were deployed over the weekend, to help with rescue efforts.
The search for Kenney has now been scaled down, authorities announced on Tuesday. Smaller teams of rescuers will continue the effort though, Daily Mail adds.
Shannan Marcak, a spokeswoman for the park, told reports that they had found no clues about the girl's location.
The mission will continue in “limited mode in which rangers and pilots will continue to search for clues when in the area,” she clarifies.
“Please say a prayer for our family. Our sweet Kaitlin is with the angels,” her mother, Linnea, wrote on Facebook.
She fears her daughter may have wandered about after dark and fallen into the river. Below zero temperatures were registered in the area, that night. Kenney did not have a winter coat on when she went missing.
“She shared her spark of life and her beauty and her kindness and free spirit with everybody. [...] She never did anything that was ordinary and she was always out there and willing to explore,” she describes her daughter.