Hiker still missing in Grand Canyon, Search and Rescue ongoing

Floyd Roberts III

Floyd Roberts III


Author: TrailMob
Date: 06.24.16

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – The National Park Service is still looking for Floyd E. Roberts III of Treasure Island, FL, who remains missing in a remote area of western Grand Canyon National Park.

Search efforts have been ongoing for six days, but have so far uncovered few clues to guide search efforts. According to the NPS, “the search will be scaled back to a continuous, but limited mode in which rangers and pilots will continue to search for clues when in the area. In addition, flyers with Roberts' picture and description remain posted at various South Rim locations and in the search area at Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.”

The search effort has been extensive, with contributions from Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Mohave County, Coconino County Search and Rescue, and aerial support from Mesa Verde Helitack Crew and aircraft.

The search area (indicated on the map below) is rugged and covered in thick foliage; and, to make matters worse, the National Weather Service has issued an "excessive heat warning" in effect through Wednesday. A base camp has been set up near Kelly Tanks with shelter, water, and other resources for the benefit of the search teams, whose safety will remain a priority.

Focus of search efforts for Floyd Roberts III.

Focus of search efforts for Floyd Roberts III.

"We are not going to risk the safety of our rescue crews in the heat," said Grand Canyon PIO Emily Davis. Davis said temperatures on Monday reached 97 degrees, but are more likely around 110 degrees in the area where they would be searching for Roberts.

Per the NPS: “Roberts is described as a 52 year old male, 170 lbs, 5'11" tall, brown/grey hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing a red long-sleeved shirt, blue denim jeans, multi-colored mesh Nike Free sneakers, large blue Lowe Alpine Contour backpack, and white-rimmed sunglasses with orange lenses.”

Floyd Roberts became separated from companions during extreme heat conditions on June 17, 2016 at approximately 4:45 pm. The group planned a 9 day hike on the Shivwits Plateau that would exit the canyon via Separation Canyon. He was last seen near Kelly Tank heading towards Trail Canyon/214 Mile Canyon (Shanley Spring area) towards the river, but may have descended into 209 Mile Canyon.

The National Park Service is conducting a Search and Rescue operation. A missing persons investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time and will be limited during the course of the search. Any individual with information about Floyd Roberts should call the National Park Service information line at 928-638-7300.”