Body recovered from Grand Canyon identified

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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- A body retrieved from below Moran Point on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park on Monday has been identified as a 50-year-old man from Mechanicsville, Va.

At approximately 9:15 p.m. Sunday, park officials received a report of a man seen exiting a car at Moran Point, climbing over a retaining wall and lying down on the edge of the canyon rim.

According to spokeswoman Shannan Marcak, park rangers responded to the area and found the car but no sign of the man witnesses had described. Additional investigation had to be postponed until daylight.

Search and rescue rangers went to the scene Monday morning and the park's helicopter was called in to do a reconnaissance of the area. At approximately noon, the helicopter's crew spotted the body of a man approximately 250 feet below the rim.

The man has been identified as Kirby Porter.

According to the Coconino County Medical Examiner, the cause of death has been determined to be injuries sustained in a fall. The manner of death cannot be determined at this time.