Body recovered from Colorado River thought to be that of missing Utah tour guide

Joshua Tourjee. Photo Courtesy: National Park Service

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Arizona, Sept. 21, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) –Officials have located a body on the Colorado River believed to be that of missing Moab river guide Joshua Tourjee.

Park rangers recovered the body Wednesday after National Park Service personnel located it Tuesday. The body was transported to the rim by helicopter and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner, the National Park Service said in a news release.

Based on evidence found with the body, it is believed to be that of missing 34-year-old river guide Tourjee.

Tourjee was reported missing by his river trip on Sept. 12 when he failed to return to camp after visiting a neighboring river camp. The NPS received a satellite phone call that day from a commercial river trip group reporting a missing guide near river mile 137 — also known as Pancho’s Kitchen. The body was found at river mile 139.

The National Park Service conducted a multi-day Search and Rescue operation.

The Coconino County Medical Examiner will make the official identification of the body. An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

Tourjee was working as a guide for OARS rafting adventures company.


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