Virginia Man Dead After 250-foot Fall into Grand Canyon

July 16, 2010

Authorities have identified the body of a man found about 250 feet below the South Rim of the Grand Canyon earlier this week as a former Virginia prosecutor.

Grand Canyon National Park officials said Thursday that the body has been positively identified as that of 50-year-old Kirby Porter, a former Hanover County commonwealth's attorney.

According to the Coconino County Medical Examiner, the cause of death has been determined to be injuries sustained in a fall. However, the manner of death cannot be determined.

Park officials say they received a report Sunday night 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 rangers arrived, they found the car but no sign of the man witnesses had described. Further search was postponed until daybreak and the body was found Monday.

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