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12:07 PM Fri, Feb. 15th

Deceased Grand Canyon hiker identified

GRAND CANYON - A man who died while hiking the North Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park has been identified as 47-year old Andrew Sammler of Lancaster, Ohio.

On Friday afternoon, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a 911 call from a visitor reporting CPR in progress on a male hiker on the North Kaibab Trail, approximately one half mile from the trailhead.

 National Park Service personnel responded to the scene and continued CPR, but all efforts to resuscitate the victim failed. Sammler was hiking with three other individuals up the North Kaibab Trail at the time of the incident. The National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner are investigating.