Body found at Grand Canyon believed to be missing Tempe man

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Shaw Joseph Ostermann was last seen by his family on March 12 in Tempe. By Jennifer Thomas Shaw Joseph Ostermann was last seen by his family on March 12 in Tempe. By Jennifer Thomas

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. -- A body found at the Grand Canyon has been tentatively identified as that of a missing Tempe man.

Members of a conservation organization spotted the body below the South Rim in the Mather Point area on Thursday, according to Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Shannan D. Marcak.

On Friday morning, rangers rappelled about 500 feet to begin their investigation and prepare the body for transport.

The body was retrieved via helicopter then transferred to the Coconino County medical examiner.

Marcak said the body has been presumptively identified as that of Shaw Joseph Ostermann, 47, of Tempe.

Ostermann was last seen by his family on March 12.

Rangers had been attempting to locate Ostermann since April 16 when his car was identified as possibly abandoned in a parking lot near the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Mather Point.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service with the assistance of the Coconino County medical examiner.