UPDATE: 2010/07/14, 10:40 a.m.
A message on the office phone of Kirby H. Porter says that he has died. The Richmond Times-Dispatch has details, including allegations in divorce proceedings of marital and financial difficulties.
A body found yesterday 250 feet below the South Rim of the Grand Canyon may be that of former Hanover County Commonwealth’s Attorney Kirby H. Porter.
According to a news release from the National Park Service, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report that a man had left his car at Moran Point about 9:15 p.m. Sunday, climbed over a retaining wall and lay on the edge of the canyon.
Park rangers responded and found the car but no trace of the man. Rangers began a search yesterday morning, and rangers in the park’s helicopter spotted the body. The body was removed by a long line extended from the helicopter and taken to the Coconino County medical examiner’s office.
A spokeswoman for the office in Flagstaff, Ariz., said an autopsy is being conducted to positively identify the body.
Porter, about 50, served two terms as Hanover commonwealth’s attorney before he lost to Trip Chalkley in November 2007. Porter has had a solo practice in Mechanicsville since leaving office.
A spokesman for the Hanover sheriff’s office said park authorities asked the office yesterday to contact Porter’s family for assistance in the investigation of the death in the Grand Canyon.
By Alan Cooper