(NEW YORK) — Rangers searching the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona for a mother who disappeared while hiking with her children said on Thursday that they believe they have found her body.
Sarah Beadle, 38, of Fort Worth, Texas, went missing on Tuesday. She had made reservations to stay with her two children at the Bright Angel Campground in the Grand Canyon National Park, but she never arrived.
Her children, ages 10 and 11, are both safe and accounted for, according to the National Park Service, which launched a missing person’s search and investigation for Beadle within the park.
Beadle was hiking with her kids down the South Kaibab Trail, and park rangers later found her backpack near the junction of the River Trail.
On Wednesday afternoon, search and rescue crews located a body believed to be Beadle’s near the Black Bridge at the bottom of Grand Canyon, approximately three-quarters of a mile from Phantom Ranch, park officials said in a press release.
The National Park Service said it is working with the Coconino County Medical Examiner to conduct an investigation.
The National Park Service had described Beadle as an “experienced backpacker and hiker” who last hiked the Grand Canyon in 2002.
Anyone who may have seen or talked to Beadle this week is urged to contact the National Park Service’s tip line at 888-653-0009.
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