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Body recovered from Grand Canyon believed to be missing man

Grand Canyon Park officials say a body recovered from the bottom of the Grand Canyon Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, is believed to be that of California resident Mike Howard who was reported missing from a river trip after he jumped in the water attempting to save his wife. (NPS)

Grand Canyon Park officials say a body recovered from the bottom of the Grand Canyon Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, is believed to be that of California resident Mike Howard who was reported missing from a river trip after he jumped in the water attempting to save his wife. (NPS)

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — A body recovered from the bottom of the Grand Canyon is believed to be that of a California man reported missing from a river trip.

The park said Monday that evidence found with the body indicates it's 67-year-old Mike Howard of Simi Valley.

Park officials say the body was recovered Friday downstream of Phantom Ranch, about 10 miles from where Howard last was seen.

Howard and his wife were on a commercial trip Sept. 7 when he went missing. His wife had slipped into the river as she was getting off the boat to join their group in a day hike.

Howard went in after her. She was rescued but a search turned up no sign of him.

A medical examiner is expected to confirm the identity of the body.

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