Posted: Apr 2, 2013 7:50 PM by MTN News
The body of a University of Montana woman who was reported missing during a Grand Canyon river trip has been recovered.
Kaitlin Kenney, 21 years old, of Englewood, Colorado, was last seen on January 11th at a river camp near Tapeats Creek on the north side of the river.
Despite an extensive search on land and along the river, park rangers had found no sign of her.
The National Park Service issued a press release on Monday which states:
On Thursday, March 21, a private river trip reported finding a woman's body in the river at about river mile 165. The next day, the body was transported to the rim by helicopter and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner.
Late last week, the Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that the body was that of 21-year old Kaitlin Anne Kenney of Englewood, Colorado.
The National Park Service is continuing its investigation into Kenney's death in coordination with the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office. No additional information is available at this time.
The river trip was Kenney's first at the Grand Canyon.
The Montana Kaimin reports that Kenney, an anthropology major at UM, was on a month-long rafting trip with 12 other people, 10 of whom were UM students.
Her mother said she believes her daughter fell into the river at night-time, possibly trying to use the restroom.