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A 21-year old woman who went missing in the Grand Canyon area over the weekend is still nowhere to be found, and authorities have slowed their search efforts after turning up no clues as to her whereabouts.

Kaitlin Anne Kenney of Englewood, Colo., was reported missing on Saturday after disappearing from her group’s camp near Tapeats Creek on the north side of the Colorado River. While search parties have no leads, Kenney’s mother believes she may have gotten up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and gotten disoriented, or could have possibly fallen in the river. Posters have been put up in the park describing Kenney, but her family has already resigned themselves to bad news.

“Please say a prayer for our family. Our sweet Kaitlin is with the angels,” Linnea Kenney wrote on Facebook. “She was our balloon let loose in a room and lived life to its fullest, always with a smile. We were blessed to have her in our lives.”

Kenney is described as 5’5″ tall and 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing a tan knee-length coat, hiking boots, rugged tan pants and a long-sleeved grey shirt.

Image: Kenney family

Woman Missing In Grand Canyon, Search Slows
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  • ben

    “Kenney’s mother believes she may have gotten up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and gotten disoriented…” How far away was the bathroom?

    • Greg

      I so hope Kaitllin will be found and be alright. Canyon country is full of risks. And getting up at night to pee is one of them. It is easy to slip and fall as using the river for peeing is what is done. It is one of the major causes in drowning incidents in the canyon.

  • diane

    hmmmm…. parents already have their minds set that their daughter is dead…sounds pretty suspicious to me….do they know something their not saying?????

    • Jeff Manders

      You are a complete idiot. The Parents weren’t with her on the trip and she has been gone 4-5 days now in zero temperature. Do you think she is hiding under a bush somewhere. It’s called being realistic. Try and think before typing.

    • Ellie

      ~ Kaitlin’s family is being realistic about this and for one to say that their thoughts that she may not be found alive are suspicious is totally unfounded. Remember that this camp was close by the river on a sandbar. One should note also that Kaitlin’s family was all to home in Colorado when notified that she was missing from the group. The father and brother did go to Arizona to the command post and were told by Park Rangers that her footprints have been noted. They also know that it could take up to two weeks for a body to surface in the water if she did indeed fall into the rushing water. Please pray for Kaitlin, her parents and siblings as well as the grandparents and a large extended family in Colorado and Illinois. Thank you!

  • Jane

    I’m in Arizona, and we’ve been undergoing a real cold snap. The temperature in the Grand Canyon last night was 8 degrees below zero. An almost impossible survival situation.

  • david

    I hope she is found but it is a different world out there anything could have happened.Pray for her and her family.

  • Doug

    I’ve guided rafts down Grand Canyon on 2 private river trips in the past 2 years. Normal procedure is to urinate in the river; it will be diluted and washed away. The campsite mentioned in the article, like most camps, is near a rapid. It’s likely she relieved herself in the river in the night, slipped, and was washed away. And it is COLD there now – my last trip was 3 weeks in December 2012, and most nights were below freezing.

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