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Body found at Grand Canyon believed to be missing Santa Fe man on Colorado River journey

A body found at the Grand Canyon is believed to be a Santa Fe man who set out on the Colorado River on a makeshift raft last month. 

Park officials say the body of 58-year-old Thomas Robison was discovered about six miles downstream from Lees Ferry, where his car was found on April 24.

A paddle and personal flotation device were found but no sign of his dog that traveled with him.

Joelle Baird with the National Park Public Affairs Office says the items are likely his. Beyond that, that’s the only evidence of Robinson that has been on the river itself.

The Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office was expected to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death and make positive identification.

Baird says that it is important that anyone who is traveling down the Colorado River needs to be aware of having the proper gear and personal floatation devices with them.

Greenlee Clark is an intern at KJZZ pursuing a communications degree with an emphasis in broadcasting and new media at Grand Canyon University.