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Grand Canyon National Park rangers search for missing hiker

(National Park Service Photo)

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — Rangers were searching the Grand Canyon National Park’s backcountry for a missing California hiker.

Park spokeswoman Emily Davis said air and ground crews were looking for 72-year-old Raafat “Ralph” Amin Nasser-Eddin of Los Angeles along the Hermit Trail and several other trails.

Davis said Nasser-Eddin was reported overdue Tuesday evening and that he matched the description of a person reported to park rangers Sunday as being disoriented at the Hermit Camp camping area in the canyon.

Davis said a member of the park’s search and rescue team unsuccessfully looked for that hiker Sunday and Monday.

According to Davis, Nasser-Eddin had a reservation to stay at Phantom Ranch along the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon but did not check in.

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