Human remains found at Grand Canyon thought to be missing LA hiker

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Thursday, December 21, 2017
This Oct. 22, 2012 file photo shows a view from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (KABC) -- Grand Canyon National Park rangers say human remains have been located that are believed to be those of a missing Los Angeles hiker who has not been seen since in June.

The grim discovery was made Wednesday by people who were on a private river rafting trip, the National Park Service announced Thursday. Evidence found by park rangers indicates the remains are those of Raafat "Ralph" Amin Nasser-Eddin.

The 72-year-old L.A. resident was reported missing after he did not return June 12 as scheduled. The previous day, rangers were informed that a person matching his description was disoriented at a canyon camping area.

A search was conducted for several days but none was found.

The human remains were found this week about three miles from Nasser-Eddin's last known location near Hermit Camp. Coroner's officials are expected to confirm the identity.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.