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Body at Grand Canyon ID’ed as Porter

A spokeswoman from the Grand Canyon National Park last night confirmed that the body retrieved on Monday has been positively identified as that of Kirby Porter, 50, of Mechanicsville.

She reiterated that Sunday night the park’s communications center received a report of a man seen exiting a car at Moran Point, climbing over a retaining wall and lying down on the edge of the canyon rim. When park rangers arrived at the scene, they found the car, but no sign of the man witnesses had described.

A body was retrieved on Monday and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner, who waited until receiving medical records from Porter’s family to make the positive ID. The cause of death has been determined to be injuries sustained in a fall. The manner of death cannot be determined at this time, the examiner said.

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