The Latest: Merrell Boot parent company thanks searchers

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Posted: Apr 18, 2017 7:20 PM
The Latest: Merrell Boot parent company thanks searchers

The Latest on the search for two hikers missing in Grand Canyon National Park (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

The parent organization of the hiking boot company co-founded by a man whose family is missing in the Grand Canyon says the company continues to be hopeful.

Wolverine Worldwide executive vice president Jim Zwiers said the company's thoughts, prayers and hearts are with the Merrell family.

Lou-Ann Merrell and her stepgrandson, 14-year-old Jackson Standefer, went missing while crossing a creek near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on Saturday. Merrell, along with her husband, Randy Merrell, who co-founded the Merrell Boot Co., were on the trip with the boy and his mother.

Zwiers also said in the written statement that the company was grateful to the searchers and that he continues to be hopeful.

The family had hiked down to Tapeats Creek when Lou-Ann Merrell and the boy lost footing. The search for them includes three teams, a drone, a helicopter and an inflatable motor raft.

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7:25 a.m.

A search continues in Grand Canyon National Park for two hikers missing since they were swept down a remote creek.

Park spokeswoman Robin Martin says three ground teams resumed searching Tuesday along the creek and its downstream confluence with the Colorado River. A boat crew, a helicopter and a drone also are part of the search.

Family members have identified the hikers who were swept away Saturday as 62-year-old Lou-Ann Merrell and 14-year-old Jackson Standefer, her stepgrandson.

Merrell is the wife of Randy Merrell, who helped found a popular outdoor footwear company, the Merrell Boot Co.

Mark McOmie, an uncle of the boy, says Randy Merrell and the boy's mother were also on the trip to the park's Tapeats Creek area.