Body found 465 feet below Grand Canyon rim believed to be missing Kentucky man, authorities say

By MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News

(NEW YORK) — Authorities believe they have found the body of a Kentucky man who disappeared at the Grand Canyon last week.

John Pennington, 40, of Walton, Kentucky, was thought to have entered the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona on or around Feb. 23, abandoning his vehicle at the South Rim near Yaki Point.

He was believed to be traveling alone, possibly on a yellow 2005 Suzuki motorcycle, according to the National Park Service.

After days of searching the area, National Park Service personnel spotted a body and a motorcycle on Wednesday, below the South Kaibab Trailhead, south of Yaki Point.

Park rangers recovered the body, which was located approximately 465 feet below the canyon rim, according to the National Park Service.

The body was flown by helicopter to the rim and was then transferred to the Coconino County Health and Human Services Medical Examiner’s Office in Flagstaff.

“Based on evidence found with the body, the individual is believed to be missing person John Pennington,” the National Park Service said in a statement Thursday.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. No additional information was immediately available.

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