grand canyon national park

Authorities are resuming the search inside Grand Canyon National Park for a Florida man who has been missing since Saturday.

Park officials say several ground teams and a National Park Service helicopter are joining in the search Tuesday for 52-year-old Floyd E. Roberts III.

Searchers are focusing on an area that has rugged landscape and is covered in thick brush.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Wednesday.

Authorities at the Grand Canyon are looking for vandals who defaced a rock near an overlook on the South Rim.

Park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski says a visitor photographed the rock with “Evans 16” spray-painted in black, and a man and woman walking away from it on May 22.

The man was wearing a reddish-pink T-shirt and brown pants with a gray sweater tied around his waist. The woman had on jeans and a long-sleeve camouflage-print shirt.

Defacing a natural feature is a federal offense that carries jail time and fines.

U.S. National Park Service

Grand Canyon National Park has earned provisional status as an International Dark Sky Park.


NPS

The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park has announced his retirement. Dave Uberuaga will step down next month. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the move comes after a federal investigation of sexual abuse within the park’s river district.

Coconino National Forest

The U.S. Department of the Interior will allocate nearly $95 million to a federal land conservation fund. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Arizona will receive about $2 million through the program. 


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