Body recovered from Colorado River last month is identified as Kaitlin Kenney of Englewood, Colo.

Award-winning fiddler disappeared on rafting trip

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. - The body of a woman recovered from the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon is identified as Kaitlin Anne Kenney of Englewood, Colo., authorities said Monday.

Kenney was last seen alive on Jan. 11 at a river camp near Tapeats Creek on the north side of the river. Despite an extensive search by land, air and on the river, Grand Canyon National Park rangers found no sign of her.

People on a private raft trip reported finding a woman's body on March 21 , about 30 river miles from where Kenney was reporting missing. Park spokesman Shannan Marcak confirmed the body was Kenney's on Monday.

The National Park Service is continuing its investigation into Kenney’s death in coordination with the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office, Marcak said.

The river trip was Kenney's first at the Grand Canyon.

A relative told 7NEWS the family believes Kaitlin may have gotten up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and fallen into the river or gotten lost.

It was below zero the night she disappeared and she did not have her coat or any survival gear for that type of weather, the relative said. Family members believe she may have become disoriented in the dark.

Kenney was a gifted fiddler who won the young adult competition at the 2011 Colorado Fiddle Championships and place several times in the Texas State Championship.

She attended Cherry Creek High School and the University of Montana.

 

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