ORIGINAL MISSING PERSONS POST FOLLOWS THIS UPDATE:
Shortly after midnight, Kane County Sheriff’s Office searchers located missing person Karen Klein at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Ms. Klein had walked approximately 26 miles since Thursday afternoon in search of help for herself, husband and son whose vehicle had become stuck on a forest service road. When Search and Rescue teams located Ms. Klein she was conscious and communicating and suffering from cold exposure. She was treated on scene by rescuers and transported to Kane County Hospital in Kanab. She is expected to be transferred to the hospital in St. George, UT for further treatment.
Although snow had fallen since Ms. Klein first left on foot to seek help, Kane County Sheriff’s Office searchers on snowmobiles located remnants of tracks which they followed along the FS 22 road. At the same time, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office searchers were responding on snow machines from SR67. Ms. Klein was found at the gate of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon where she made entrance into a guard shack that had been closed for the season.
Coconino County Sheriff’s Office brought in a snowcat and mat tracked vehicle to her location. National Park Service also responded on snowmobiles. After initial treatment by searchers, she was transported to DeMotte Park. The time from when she was located, received initial treatment from searchers, and was transported to DeMotte Park took approximately three hours. From DeMotte Park an ambulance from Kanab which transported her to the hospital.
On Friday afternoon, her husband Eric and 10-year-old son had been able to hike to an area where they had cell service to call for help. A Ranger from Bureau of Land Management was able to locate them. Kane County Sheriff’s Office transported them to ground ambulance. Both received treatment for cold exposure including frostbite. Classic Air Medical helicopter attempted air search for Karen but had to suspend due to cloud cover. Ground search efforts by Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Kane County Sheriff’s Office continued throughout the afternoon and night.
Responders included Kane County Sheriff Glover and two Kane County Search and Rescue members on snowmobiles; Coconino County Sheriff Elect Jim Driscoll, Commander Rex Gilliland, three Coconino County Sheriff Deputies, and four Coconino County Sheriff Search and Rescue members with snowcat and a suburban outfitted with mat tracks; BLM Ranger officer; Classic Air Medical helicopter; National Park Service staff and snowmobiles; Arizona Department of Transportation driver and snowplow; and Kane County Ambulance.
Search for Missing 47-Year-Old Woman near Fredonia, AZ
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Kane County Sheriff’s Office are searching for missing 47-year-old Karen Klein who was last seen on foot Thursday, December 22 around 2:30 pm near DeMotte Park. Karen Klein is 5’4”, 105 lbs with shoulder length blond hair. She was last seen wearing a navy blue, Lands End parka trimmed in fake fur and wearing a beanie-style winter cap.
Ms. Klein, her husband and 10-year-old son are from Pennsylvania. They rented a car in Las Vegas and drove to visit southern Utah. Yesterday afternoon, they were following their GPS system in attempt to visit the Grand Canyon. However, SR67 to the North Rim currently is closed for the winter season. The GPS system detoured them through forest service roads which were receiving heavy snow. Their vehicle became disabled.
Ms. Klein left the vehicle in attempt to walk to SR67 to get help. She had some food and water and was dressed in several layers of clothing. After she left on foot, the area received additional snow and more snow is expected.
On Friday afternoon, Ms. Klein had not returned with help. Her husband Eric Klein made additional attempts to get help. He climbed to higher ground and was able to get cellular phone service and call for help. The Kane County Sheriff’s Office responded and rescued Mr. Klein and his son. Both received medical treatment for frostbite.
The search for Karen Klein continues. A Kane County helicopter was launched as part of the search efforts. Search and rescue snowmobile and ground teams continue to look for Karen Klein in and around the DeMotte Park area which is approximately 10-12 miles south of Jacob Lake, west of SR67. Weather continues to impact the search area.
The Sheriff’s Office plans to provide updated information on the status of this search by Saturday around 10:00 am.