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

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Original post, 10:58 a.m. January 15: When a child is missing, most parents cling to hope for a happy resolution long after many others have given up.

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....

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...and this is how she looked when she won first place in the young adult category at the 2011 Colorado Fiddle Championships.

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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."

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Linnea Kenney.
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.

More from our News archive: "Ski season deaths: James Lindenblatt's is among two that won't count toward Colorado total."


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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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