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​Remains found at Grand Canyon thought to be missing LA hiker

The Grand Canyon, Arizona seen from the Desert View observation point on May 11, 2014. Each year some five million people visit Grand Canyon National Park with its dramatic views into the deep inner gorge of the Colorado River.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona seen from the Desert View observation point on May 11, 2014. Each year some five million people visit Grand Canyon National Park with its dramatic views into the deep inner gorge of the Colorado River.
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Grand Canyon National Park rangers say human remains have been located that are believed to be those of a California hiker who went missing in June.

The National Park Service announced Thursday that people on a private river rafting trip discovered remains while on a day hike. Rangers found evidence indicating the remains are those of 72-year-old Raafat "Ralph" Amin Nasser-Eddin of Los Angeles.

Nasser-Eddin was reported overdue on June 12 and matched the description of a person reported to park rangers as being disoriented at a canyon camping area the day before. A dayslong search was fruitless.

The remains were found Wednesday nearly three miles from his last known location near Hermit Camp. The Coconino County Medical Examiner will confirm the identity.