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Rescue Teams Searching for LDS Experienced Hiker and Grandson Swept Away in Grand Canyon

by | Apr. 18, 2017

Mormon Life

We are praying for the Merrells and hope they can be found safe.

A roaring backcountry stream swept up a grandmother from Vernal and her 14-year-old stepgrandson Saturday when they attempted to cross the rushing water on the northern side of Grand Canyon National Park.

Authorities Monday were searching for Jackson Standefer, 14, and Lou-Ann Merrell, 62, a retired emergency medical technician. Merrell has led dozens of trips into the remote region for youngsters, along with her husband Randy Merrell, a co-founder of the popular Merrell Boot Co.

The grandmother and boy lost their footing Saturday and fell into the water during a family trip with Randy Merrell and the teen's mother in a remote area of the Arizona park.

"Right now, everyone is praying for them and hoping for the best," said Steve Labrum, a friend and neighbor of the Merrells. Several friends and neighbors from Vernal had made the daylong trip to the canyon's north rim to join the search, Labrum said.

Lead image from Deseret News
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