Kaitlin Kenney: Search scaled back for musician who vanished at Grand Canyon
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But judging by a Facebook post and comments to the press, Linnea Kenney already appears resigned that the disappearance of her beloved daughter Kaitlin, 21, during a trip to the Grand Canyon will have a sad ending.
By all accounts, Kaitlin is (we're sticking with the present tense) a remarkable person -- likable, adventurous and musically talented, as witnessed by her participation in the Colorado Old Time Fiddlers' Association. Here's a photo of a younger Kaitlin making beautiful music....
...and this is how she looked when she won first place in the young adult category at the 2011 Colorado Fiddle Championships.
Cut to Christmas day, when, according to 9News, Kaitlin set out on a thirty-day trip to the Grand Canyon.
All was good for the first week or two. Note that on January 6, Linnea shared the following note on Facebook: "Our baby girl is 21 today! Happy Birthday, Kaitlin."
But on Friday night, Kaitlin vanished from the group with whom she was traveling, and authorities fear she might have fallen into the nearby river. According to 7News, an extensive search got underway promptly, and it's still ongoing. But yesterday, just over a week after the birthday wish, Linnea posted the following:
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.Linnea reinforced this message during a 9News interview, showing a remarkable strength under terrible circumstances. That conversation is on view here, along with an earlier 7News report about Kaitlin. Our thoughts are with her, as well as with her family and friends.
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