Body believed to be 14-year-old boy missing in Grand Canyon discovered

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The body believed to be that of a 14-year-old boy who was lost in the Grand Canyon National Park with his step-grandmother was discovered Friday, park rangers said.

Jackson Standefer's body was possibly recovered Friday after park rangers responded to a report about a body found during a commercial river trip, according to a news release from the Grand Canyon National Park.

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Standefer, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and his step-grandmother Lou-Ann Merrell, have been missing since April 15 when they lost their footing during a family trip to the Grand Canyon while crossing Tapeats Creek. 

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Park rangers spent days searching with a helicopter, ground crew, drone and motorized inflatable boat. The search was scaled back last week.

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The body was transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner to confirm the identification.

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