Grand Canyon National Park confirms McCallie student body found

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Grand Canyon National Park’s PIO confirmed today that the body found Friday is Jackson Standefer.

Jackson Stadefer is the 14-year-old McCallie School student who went missing last month on a backpacking trip with his mother and her in-laws on the north rim.

As the group were making their way through a water crossing, Jackson and his step grandmother were swept away.

The park was notified by a commercial river trip Friday, April 27, that they located a body on the Colorado River at River Mile 152.

Park rangers responded and recovered the body, which was transported by helicopter and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

Initial information indicated the body was missing 14 year-old-hiker Jackson Standefer, but was confirmed by, both, the Coconino County Medical Examiner and the Grand Canyon National Park’s PIO.

The family has made no comment today on the confirmation.

There is still no sign of LouAnn Merrell.

Jackson’s uncle Mark McOmie posted this comment a few days ago.

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