Body of Missing California Woman Found in Grand Canyon National Park

The body of a woman from California has been discovered 300 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon.

Lillian Meyn, 31, from Woodside, California, was reported missing by a family member the day before, the Grand Canyon National Park Service (NPS) said in a statement.

Her body was located below the rim near Trailview Overlook along the Hermit Road, the service added.

Recovery teams were able to reach Meyn's body, which was 300 feet (91.44 meters) below the edge, early on Tuesday morning.

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Recovery teams were able to reach Meyn’s body, which was 300ft (91.44m) below the edge, early on Tuesday morning. Grand Canyon National Park Service

Later that day her car was found on the South Rim near the Bright Angel Lodge, the NPS said.

On Tuesday, February 23, the National Park Service located a body below the rim near Trailview Overlook along the Hermit Road.

The circumstances surrounding the South Bay resident's death were not immediately clear.

The National Park Service and the Coconino Medical Examiner has opened an investigation into the death, officials said.

Last month the NPS sent out an alert to say they found a man who had gone missing on the South Rim. Stephen Coleman, 60, from Portland, Maine had last been seen on December 20.

The NPS said he was believed to be traveling alone and had indicated he was going hiking. It added that Coleman had left his belongings with a friend to look after before he ventured down into the Grand Canyon. However, he never returned to pick up his stuff.

The service announced a missing person search on Sunday and put out an appeal on Twitter, saying: "Missing Person Search Underway on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Stephen Coleman, 60, of Portland, Maine was last seen on Dec. 20, 2020, on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon."

But hours later, the NPS tweeted again to announce that Coleman had been found at around noon nearby—seven weeks after he was last seen. The service said: "On February 7 at approximately 12:00 p.m. Stephen Coleman was located outside of Grand Canyon National Park. Coleman is safe and in good health and is no longer reported as a missing person."

Last month, a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon that killed a group of British tourists in 2018, was found to likely have been caused by the pilot losing control due to tailwind conditions.

The pilot told investigators he was not able to control the aircraft after a "violent gust of wind" sent it spinning, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report, released in the United States Thursday. The Airbus EC130 B4 crashed just before sunset in February 2018 in a section of the Grand Canyon where air tours are not as highly regulated as in the national park.

Three of the Britons on board, veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson, 27, her boyfriend and car salesman Stuart Hill, 30, and his brother, lawyer Jason Hill, 32, were pronounced dead at the scene. Jennifer Dorricott, the girlfriend of Jason Hill, survived but with life-changing injuries after the aircraft burst into flames on impact. The group was on holiday in the United States to celebrate Hill's 30th birthday.

Two others in the aircraft, newlyweds Jonathan Udall, 31, and Ellie Milward-Udall 29, later died from burn injuries. They were celebrating their honeymoon at the time.

Witnesses saw the helicopter make at least two 360-degree turns before hitting the ground and bursting into flames, the report said. They also described seeing two women emerge from the flaming wreckage, screaming for their loved ones, other pilots at the Canyon said.