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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    On the Third Coast

    AZ - Andrew Brunelli, 43, Grand Canyon National Park, Sept 2009


    7 Sept 09

    Rangers in Grand Canyon National Park are searching for a North Carolina man missing for at least two days.

    Andrew Brunelli, 43, was reported missing to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office Friday evening. Investigators determined he might be hiking in the Grand Canyon and alerted the National Park Service Saturday.

    Rangers searching parking areas near major trailheads found a blue Hyundai Accent that had been rented to Brunelli.

    Dispatchers said an aerial and ground search was to continue Monday.

    Searchers were concentrating on the Grandview-Hance and South Rim areas, although park officials said they have no itinerary for Brunelli's visit to the park.

    He is described as a white man, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He has short- to medium-length hair and gray-blue eyes.

    "Don't forget the kangaroo!"

  2. #2
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    Jun 2009

    Body Believed to be that of Andrew Brunelli Found in Grand Canyon National Park
    Date: September 9, 2009

    Grand Canyon, Ariz. – At approximately 10:45 a.m. today, the body of a lone male was discovered outside of the initial Andrew Brunelli search zone by the park’s helicopter. The body is believed to be that of 43 year-old Andrew Brunelli of Clayton, North Carolina.

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    The body was retrieved by helicopter via long-line operation (extended from a fixed line below the helicopter) and taken to the South Rim where it will be transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

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    The National Park Service is conducting an investigation into this incident and continues to work closely with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Rest in peace, Andrew.


    Andrew John "AJ" Brunelli

    CLAYTON - Andrew John "AJ" Brunelli, 43, of Clayton, died Sept. 9, 2009, while hiking in the Grand Canyon.

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    According to Andrews wishes, his family dispersed his ashes in the Grand Canyon National Park.

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    It is wonderful that Andrew's wishes were known and fulfilled.

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