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A MAN has driven his car off the Grand Canyon’s 4,000-foot high rim in what authorities have said was a suicide.
The horrifying incident was confirmed by Ruby Steele, the interim CEO for the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, on Wednesday.
Officials with Grand Canyon West said they are fully cooperating with authorities who are investigating the incident, and on the recovery of the body and vehicle.
Steele, a Hualapai member, said in a statement: “Earlier today, a situation occurred at the western rim of the Grand Canyon as a visitor to the site tragically took his own life.
“The Hualapai people consider the canyon a place of sacred beauty and healing, and we are devastated by this tragedy.
“The people of the Hualapai Tribe mourn their loss along with the individual’s family and friends.”
Lea Cooper, the marketing director for the Grand Canyon Resort Corp, confirmed no one else was in the vehicle.
“This is still an active investigation and we will provide updates as they become available,” Cooper added.
The corporation oversees Grand Canyon West, a popular tourist attraction on the Hualapai reservation outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park.
The attraction is best known for the Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that juts out 70 feet from the canyon walls and gives visitors a view of the Colorado River 4,000 feet below.
A 28-year-old man jumped from the Skywalk bridge in September 2019.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.