Originally Published: December 22, 2017 10:41 a.m.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park rangers say human remains have been located that are believed to be those of a California hiker who went missing in June.
The National Park Service announced Thursday that people on a private river rafting trip discovered remains while on a day hike. Rangers found evidence indicating the remains are those of 72-year-old Raafat "Ralph" Amin Nasser-Eddin of Los Angeles.
Nasser-Eddin was reported overdue on June 12 and matched the description of a person reported to park rangers as being disoriented at a canyon camping area the day before. A dayslong search was fruitless.
The remains were found Wednesday nearly three miles from his last known location near Hermit Camp. The Coconino County Medical Examiner will confirm the identity.