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Your help needed in double-fatality investigation at the Grand Canyon

October 26, 2018

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz National Park Service (NPS) Rangers of Grand Canyon National Park and Special Agents with the NPS Investigative Services Branch (ISB) are investigating a double-fatality that occurred at Grand Canyon National Park on, or around, September 18, 2018.

Jessica Bartz (age 22) and Garret Bonkowski (age 25), both from Peoria, Arizona, are believed to have entered the park on September 18. They were found below Trailview 2 Overlook along West Rim Drive on the South Rim earlier this month. Their vehicle was located in a nearby parking area.

Investigators are seeking information from the public that will help determine the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

If you may have seen Bartz and Bonkowski in the park on or around September 18 or if you have information that could help investigators, please call or text 888-653-0009. Tips may also be submitted online at or by email to e-mail us.

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