Search scaled back for 2 Grand Canyon swimmersby The Associated Press on May. 05, 2009, under Local, Special
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK — Grand Canyon National Park rangers have scaled back their search for two people who had attempted to swim across the Colorado River but were swept away.
The body of 16-year-old Mark Merrill was discovered last week. His brother, 22-year-old Joey Merrill, and 16-year-old Saif Savaya remained missing Monday.
Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge says rangers will conduct a limited search until the bodies are found.
She says rangers will patrol the river and trails and enlist the help of commercial and private boaters.
A missing person’s flier is also being handed out to boaters and hikers along the river.
The missing people were on a trip sponsored by the Tri-City Baptist Church in Tempe.