- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - A hiker who fell to his death at the Grand Canyon was a U.S. Geological Survey researcher studying riparian vegetation.

Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Emily Davis says 51-year-old Daniel Sarr fell into a gully Friday while hiking to the Colorado River to join a rafting trip.

She said Wednesday that no one witnessed the fall. She says Sarr’s hiking companion had walked ahead to get water from the river, and Sarr fell before the companion returned.

The route they were hiking starts on the Navajo Nation and enters the park boundaries close to river level. Davis says it’s rugged and primitive.

Sarr was a research ecologist at the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center in Flagstaff. He also had taught in Northern Arizona University’s School of Forestry.

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