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Ariz. hiker dies in 300-foot fall at Grand Canyon

Ariz. hiker dies in 300-foot fall at Grand Canyon

CREATED Feb 27, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities have recovered the body of an Arizona woman who fell during a hike near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Park officials received a report about a fallen hiker Sunday in Owl Eyes Canyon, some 30 miles northwest of Grand Canyon Village.

The park's helicopter was dispatched to the area and discovered a body about 300 feet below a cliff in the Supai rock layer.

The body was airlifted out of the canyon and taken to the Coconino County Medical Examiner. The body was identified Monday as 24-year-old Ioana Elise Hociota of Tempe.

Hociota's husband says his wife and her hiking partner weren't using an established trail, but had hiked in the area several times before and had a backcountry permit.

Federal investigators say the fall was accidental.

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