Woman Missing in Grand Canyon for Five Days, Mother Fears Dead

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The mother of a missing Colorado hiker fears the worst—that her daughter, 21-year-old Kaitlin Anne Kenney, fell into the water while rafting through the Grand Canyon and is dead.

Kenney was on a month-long rafting trip through the Grand Canyon with a group of experienced rafters. Kenney disappeared in the middle of the night from her group’s camp, and as soon as her group realized she was missing in the morning, they called dispatchers at the Grand Canyon and reported it.

“We believe that she’s probably fallen into the river, and we’re just waiting for word when someone finds her,” said Linnea Kenney, Kaitlin’s mother, to the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Kaitlin’s group was rafting along Tapeats Creek on the north side of the Colorado River, and the last correspondence Linnea had with her daughter were a few postcards that said the rafting trip “was the best thing she had ever done,” Linnea told the Associated Press.

Grand Canyon officials told Linnea that it may be up to week that Kaitlin’s body would resurface in the river, if she did drown. Fliers are posted at all the launch points along the river that include a photo of the 21-year-old and describe her as wearing “tan knee-length coat, hiking boots, rugged tan pants, a long-sleeved grey shirt, multi-colored scarf and a black knit cap,” reports the Washington Post.

Kaitlin is the youngest of four children, and is studying anthropology and American Indian cultures at the University of Montana.

Park spokeswoman Shannan Marcak has urged anyone with details that may help find Kaitlin to contact the Grand Canyon National Park.