Body of hiker from Portland found in park in West Texas

A view across the desert landscape of Big Bend National Park, Texas. (Photo: Wiki/ Martin Proll/MGN)

MARFA, Texas (AP) — Searchers have recovered the body of a hiker who was missing more than a week at Big Bend National Park in West Texas.

The Presidio County Sheriff's Office says the body of 65-year-old Tim Reed of Portland, Oregon, was located Wednesday upriver from the mouth of Closed Canyon.

A sheriff's department statement Thursday said Reed was reported missing Jan. 23 by his girlfriend after he went hiking a day earlier but didn't return. Sheriff Danny Dominguez says Reed's body was on a ledge and it appears he accidentally fell.

A helicopter transported emergency personnel to the scene. Park rangers rappelled in, then used a basket to transport Reed's body to the Rio Grande. A canoe was used to transport the body to the Colorado Canyon area.

An autopsy was ordered.

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