4 weeks ago
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“I hate chicken” hats honor Jackson Standefer

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Jackson’s family and friends found a unique way to honor him. It is also helping them grieve during this difficult time. Mark McOmie looks through boxes of hats. There are 400 hats here. They read “I Hate Chicken.” “Sometimes in your life through a symbol or a couple of words, you can […]
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Grand Canyon National Park confirms McCallie student body found

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Grand Canyon National Park’s PIO confirmed today that the body found Friday is Jackson Standefer. Jackson Stadefer is the 14-year-old McCallie School student who went missing last month on a backpacking trip with his mother and her in-laws on the north rim. As the group were making their way through a water crossing, […]
1 month ago
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Celebration of life tonight for McCallie 8th grader Jackson Standefer

We have a link to photos taken by Jackson while on the hike.
1 month ago
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Celebration of life planned for Jackson Standefer

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) -- A celebration of life will be held for Jackson Standefer, the McCallie student that went missing in the Grand Canyon last week.
1 month ago
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Family says search has been called off, but aerial search continuing

"The families would like to thank everyone for their tremendous outpouring of love, prayers and support throughout this tragic ordeal."
1 month ago
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Search being scaled back for McCallie student Jackson Standefer

" we support Grand Canyon National Park's decision to scale back the search."
1 month ago
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The Latest: Park Service: Grand Canyon search complex

the park service is working closely with the family of 62-year-old Lou-Ann Merrell and 14-year-old Jackson Standefer and considering the resources their family has suggested donating.
1 month ago
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Search continues for McCallie student swept away in Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Arizona (WDEF) – Update: Park spokeswoman Robin Martin says three ground teams resumed searching Tuesday along the creek and its downstream confluence with the Colorado River. A boat crew, a helicopter and a drone also are part of the search. __________ The search continues Tuesday in the Grand Canyon for McCallie […]
1 month ago
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Still no sign of missing McCallie student Jackson Standefer in the Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON, Arizona (WDEF) – Still no word on the search Monday for missing 14 year old Jackson Standefer in the Grand Canyon. He was hiking Sunday in the Thunder River area on the North Rim with family. The McCallie student and his 61 year old step-grandmother were swept into the water at the Thunder […]
1 month ago
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McCallie student missing in the Grand Canyon

"During periods of high water hikers must use a sketchy, seldom-used trail that stays west of the creek all the way to the river."