Morgan Heimer - Strange disappearances from U.S. national parks

Morgan Heimer, disappeared June 2nd 2015, River Mile 213 near Pumpkin Springs, Colorado river, Grand Canyon National Park

Morgan Heimer, disappeared Grand Canyon national park

Twenty-two year old, Morgan Heimer, was working as a commercial guide for Tour West, a rafting company. The group was on day six of an eight-day trip on the Colorado River when Heimer went missing.

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He was last seen on Tuesday, June 2, at approximately 4 p.m., around River Mile 213 near Pumpkin Springs in the Grand Canyon National Park. He was reported missing at 7:26 p.m. on the same day by a member of the river trip following a swim in the river by the group. He was wearing a dark-coloured Astral personal flotation device, a blue plaid long sleeve shirt, a pair of Chaco flip-flop sandals, a maroon baseball cap, and brightly coloured shorts and carrying a purple water bottle.

Pumpkin Springs in the Grand Canyon National Park

The other trip leader was talking to some clients and Morgan was last seen standing at the river's edge and when the trip leader turned around, Morgan was gone, never to be seen again. Heimer was a keen outdoorsman with significant river guide experience.  Searchers said at the time "He definitely has the skills and ability to perform the job and be a person we have a high likelihood to find".

Screen Shot 2017-11-12 at 07.00.24.pngPumpkin Springs in the Grand Canyon National Park

Park rangers and search and rescue teams extensively searched the river between River Miles 211-225 and on land stretching from River Mile 211-215 around Pumpkin Springs. They then extended the search area to Diamond Creek, 12 miles west of Pumpkin Springs. Fellow employees of the Tour West guide service, clients on that river trip and other river outfitters and their clients were interviewed.

Despite this extensive six day search, Morgan was never seen again and no evidence found. What happened on that day in June 2015? Did he accidentally fall into the Colorado River? Drowned and caught in a branch or under a rock? Did he wander off and get lost in the wilderness? Very strange indeed for this man who was leading the tour group and was seen by the water's edge one minute and then vanished the next.