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Tennessee school: Teen missing in Grand Canyon

It's believed the pair was swept away while attempting to cross a creek in the backcountry of the Grand Canyon. They went missing Saturday night It's believed the pair was swept away while attempting to cross a creek in the backcountry of the Grand Canyon. They went missing Saturday night
Tobias Pedroso | 18 Abril, 2017, 05:52

A Tennessee news report identified one of the missing as Jackson Standefer, 14.

The McCallie School in Chattanooga released a statement Monday saying the missing hikers are eighth-grader Jackson Standefer and his step-grandmother.

His aunt posted to facebook that as the group were making their way through a water crossing Jackson and Julie's mother in law, 62 year old Carol, were swept away.

Chief Ranger Matt Vandzura of the National Park Service says two fellow hikers alerted authorities by setting off an emergency Global Positioning System locator beacon in the backcountry area below the canyon's North Rim. Authorities are searching for a 14-year-old boy and a 62-year-old woman missing in Grand Canyon National Park after they were swept down a creek while crossing it in a remote part of the park.

Lou-Ann Merrell is "a very experienced backpacker", McOmie said. "But given their skills and knowledge of the area, that will probably lead to the best possible outcome".

A call to the boot company's IN headquarters wasn't immediately returned Monday.

Vandzura said it's too early in the investigation to determine what went wrong.

According to information about hiking at the Thunder River/Tapeats Creek confluence, NPS says the area is known to be potentially hazardous in the spring.

It also said hikers can use a "sketchy, seldom-used trail" that lets them walk around the creek when the water is high, but that the path should be used only as a last resort.

"I$3 ntermittent high creek levels are more likely after mid-March with the peak flows often in May", a description of the area reads.

The four hikers in the group were on a different path known as Tapeats Trail, authorities said.

The National Park Service is continuing their search and rescue operation.

Billeaud reported from Phoenix, Arizona, and Burke from Nashville, Tennessee.