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Hiker Floyd Roberts still missing near Parashant

Posted: Jun 24 2016 7:45 pm
by azbackpackr
This hiker has been missing for a week on the western end of the North Rim. The other two hikers are acquaintances of mine. Very sad. Very experienced hiker.

News article from his hometown: ... on/2282900

Post from GCNP:

UPDATE: Hiker Remains Missing in Western Grand Canyon
Contact(s): Amala Posey Phone number(s): 928-638-7793
Date: June 24, 2016

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Floyd E. Roberts III of Treasure Island, FL, remains missing in a remote area of western Grand Canyon. Responding rescue teams and resources to date include ground teams 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 covers over 10 square miles and is in an extremely remote, rugged area of the canyon. Transportation to the area takes several hours and has made rescue operations and communication a challenge.

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.

Following an intensive 6 day search effort the incident remains unresolved. With no additional clues to guide search efforts, 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 National Park Service conducted a search and rescue operation. A missing persons investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time. Any individual with information about Floyd Roberts should call the National Park Service Dispatch line at 928-638-7805.

Public Affairs Office
Grand Canyon National Park

Re: Hiker Floyd Roberts still missing near Parashant

Posted: Jun 25 2016 4:48 pm
by AZeagle
That's really sad. Hopefully he turns up. Was the plan to hike down to the river and back up to the plateau?

Re: Hiker Floyd Roberts still missing near Parashant

Posted: Jun 25 2016 5:43 pm
by azbackpackr
They were going to hike down Trail Canyon, and loop back another way from what I can gather. My friends are extremely puzzled as to how he could have disappeared in what seemed a simple situation. They decided to go over a small hill, and he decided to go around it. But then they never found him again. They hadn't even reached the Canyon yet.

Re: Hiker Floyd Roberts still missing near Parashant

Posted: Jun 26 2016 9:45 pm
by AZeagle
I've been looking at the Kelly Tank area. It does seem strange to get separated around there, but it's a very unusual landscape with canyons in every direction. Seems like it would be easy to get disoriented.

Please post updates, hopefully happy ones.

Re: Hiker Floyd Roberts still missing near Parashant

Posted: Jun 27 2016 5:13 am
by azbackpackr
Still missing, and they've scaled back the effort quite a bit, since it has now been 10 days since he went missing. A couple of the searchers had to be airlifted out due to heat stress. The heat has abated somewhat, so I hope people are able to continue searching.