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Woman who died in fall at Grand Canyon identified

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- Authorities at Grand Canyon National Park have released the name of a Flagstaff woman who died after apparently falling off the South Rim.

Park officials say the body of 45-year-old Jody McDaniel was recovered Monday.

They say an investigation into her death is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

Park officials received a call shortly after 1 p.m. Monday about someone who had fallen off the rim at Mather Point.

A National Park Service helicopter located the body about 400 feet below the rim.

Park statistics show that about 4.5 million people visit the Grand Canyon each year and an average of 12 people die there annually. An average two to three deaths per year are from falls over the rim.

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