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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Arizona (WDEF) – The search will continue on Thursday in the Grand Canyon for missing hikers Lou-Ann Merrell and Jackson Standefer.

But it will be scaled down.

In a family statement overnight “After carefully considering all the information available to us, and based on our personal knowledge of the search area, we support Grand Canyon National Park’s decision to scale back the search.”

The family also released photos of the McCallie 8th grader and his grandmother from the trip.

“We thank the GCNP staff for their exemplary service. We know they have done everything possible since Saturday, April 15, to find Lou Ann and Jackson. We also know countless people were praying for a much different outcome than this one. We felt your prayers and were sustained by them in ways we cannot begin to describe. We are profoundly grateful for the support that continues to pour in from across the country.”

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  • Commentor

    I don’t under stand why every Army and Marine Vet for 200 miles are not our searching

    • Helicoptors, in the Canyon, work best

    • S0cial Darwin

      go there and rally the troops! your time is not that valuable, right? you have nothing better to do, right, like those Vets you show total disregard for … they just leech our tax money for the PTSD they don’t have, the injuries they did not receive serving, or just have ignored the requests on the social media they are not signed up for on the new smart phone they can’t afford on the HUGE sums of money our Gov’t has just handed out to these folks, for what, right? they sure could not have EARNED that … Just remember, you callous “commentor”, that you should try to show by example, what you are questioning. if you find this lost child worthy of making a comment asking why others are not doing anything about it while you sit idly by having contributed absolutely nothing in your own right just reeks of self indulgent blame placing and false intentions that reflect you do not actually care for anyone but your selfish self. have a bad day.

      • Vanessa Curley

        Wow. Aggressive much?

  • Jessyelena Williams

    MY SYMPATHY, OMG I WAS SO HOPING THAT THEY’D BE FOUND, BUT I ASK MYSELF, WHY OUT OF ALL PLACES, WHY WOULD THEY GO HIKING IN THE CANYON? IT IS SO VAST, MY GOD THEY COULD BE ANYWHERE WITHOUT FOOD OR WATER., IT’S SAD.