GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) – The bodies of two hikers who attempted to swim across the Colorado River have been found two weeks after authorities recovered the body of a teen who was part of the group.

Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge says the bodies of 16-year-old Saif Savaya and 22-year-old Joey Merrill were discovered Thursday by a private boating party and a commercial river operator.

Searchers found the body of 16-year-old Mark Merrill days after the three jumped in the river on April 30. They had been on a trip organized by the Tri-City Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz.

Oltrogge has said that the three were not wearing life vests.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.