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Kaitlin Kenney: Search scaled back for musician who vanished at Grand Canyon

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Update: Yesterday, we told you about the continuing search for 21-year-old Denver-area musician Kaitlin Kenney after she disappeared in the Grand Canyon, and her mom's sense that she lost her life; see our earlier post below.

Now, the National Park Service has announced that the search for Kenney is being scaled back.

The most recent NPS release features the following photo of Kenney, the 2011 young-adult winner at the Colorado Fiddle Championships, as well as a person who is said to have brightened the lives of everyone she encountered:

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Kaitlin Kenney.
According to the NPS, Kenney was last seen on Friday "at a river camp located near Tapeats Creek, on the north side of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park."

After she was reported missing by the party with whom she was traveling on what was supposed to be a thirty-day trek through the park's abundant natural wonders, rangers deployed helicopters to search for any sign of her along the river corridor and trails in the vicinity -- an effort that spanned a couple of days. Additionally, search-and-rescue-team personnel working on the ground combed "accessible trails, beaches, drainages and backcountry areas in the vicinity."

Unfortunately, no hints about Kenney's whereabouts were found. So, the updated release continues, "the decision was made to scale the search back to a continuous but limited mode in which rangers and pilots will continue to search for clues when in the area."

Posters featuring Kenney's photo and description are also up at rafting launch sites and other areas where visitors and park staffers gather. Folks with information about Kenney are encouraged to photo the park's tip line, 928-638-7767. The NPS stresses that "any additional clues collected will guide future search efforts."

In the meantime, Linnea Kenney, Kaitlin's mom, has not posted anything on her Facebook page since Monday, when she wrote, "Please say a prayer for our family. Our sweet Kaitlin is with the angels. She was our balloon let loose in a room and lived life to it's fullest, always with a smile. We were blessed to have her in our lives."

Continue to read our previous coverage about the disappearance of Kaitlin Kenney, including photos and videos.



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11 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I do not know this young woman but judging by her smile, you can easily imagine how she has touched many w/ more than her music . I am ALWAYS following murder cases from all over the country . This has the brewing of a '48 Hours' episode ....

spiritofliliana
spiritofliliana

So lets recap with what we do know, the mother is delusional, first for saying her daughter is with magical beings that live in the clouds and second for assuming her daughter is dead.  Something sounds off with this mother, but since she is religious that may be why, I don't know. Maybe she knows more than she is telling about what happened to her daughter. Why would she assume she is dead??

Roxy33166
Roxy33166

The most difficult thing to endure is the loss of a child. I know because I lost my 16 year old son several years ago to suicide. My thoughts and prayers are with Kaitlin and her family. I hope they can bring their precious baby home soon.

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

31 days - The number of days a Swedish woman survived extreme temperatures in 1990 when lost in the mountains of Switzerland. Just sayin'. Body or search, no exceptions.

Da Ja Fi
Da Ja Fi

keep posting negativity then

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Megan, you can hike the Grand Canyon for weeks. It is common to camp near the river for water. Pitch black night, wrong step, in you go...

Drew Schaefer
Drew Schaefer

"You can dance with the River, but you gotta let Him Lead..."

Megan Haenny
Megan Haenny

It's just too cold to do a river trip right now. I would think.

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