Body Found at Grand Canyon Likely That of Missing Woman

Diana Zacarias was reported missing back in April
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2016 3:48 PM CDT
Body Found at Grand Canyon Likely That of Missing Woman
A body believed to be that of 22-year-old Diana Zacarias was found last weekend at the Grand Canyon. She was reported missing nearly four months ago.   (Grand Canyon National Park Service)

(Newser) – Authorities believe they've found the body of a woman who disappeared nearly four months ago at the Grand Canyon, the AP reports. According to the Arizona Republic, the family of Diana Zacarias, a 22-year-old from Louisiana, reported her missing April 3. She was last seen at the Grand Canyon's South Rim and had uploaded a photo of herself to social media April 1, giving authorities an idea of where to look. The National Park Service searched for Zacarias for days but was unable to find her. Last Saturday, rangers taking part in training exercises found a body under Pima Point. Authorities believe the body is that of Zacarias based on evidence nearby. A cause of death hasn't been determined.

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Zacarias was a student at Northwestern State University, where she was majoring in industrial engineering technology, according to a Facebook post by her old high school. WBRZ reports Zacarias was a member of the Northwestern rowing team. "May the family find peace and comfort in this difficult time," her high school states. More than a dozen people die every year at the Grand Canyon, usually due to medical issues or heat. But a 35-year-old Florida woman fell to her death there just last month, according to People. (Read more missing person stories.)

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