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Body recovered from Colorado River more than two weeks after man and dog disappeared on homemade raft in Grand Canyon

The body of a New Mexico Man has been recovered from the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park more than two weeks after he went missing with his dog, authorities said Monday.

National Park Service personnel were notified Friday of the discovery of a body in the river. Authorities said the body appears to be that of 58-year-old Thomas L. Robinson of Santa Fe.

Park officials said Robinson was believed to have attempted to travel down the river with his dog on a wooden raft. Officials previously released a photo of the raft Robinson is believed to have used, showing just a few long boards assembled, along with a paddle and a life jacket.

Thomas Robinson and his dog.

National Park Service


Robinson had abandoned his vehicle at Lees Ferry, a fishing and boat landing site in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The site is often used as a launch pad for whitewater rafting trips along the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, according to park officials.

The Coconino County Medical Examiner will confirm positive identification of the body.

The National Park Service and the medical examiner’s office are investigating.

The raft is believed to have been built by Robinson.

National Park Service


The Colorado River runs nearly 1,500 miles, from the Rocky Mountains to Mexico, according to American Rivers, a site that catalogs information about the country’s waterways. At the Grand Canyon, the river continues to deepen and widen at the national landmark, according to the NPS. Whitewater rafting is common on the river.

Kerry Breen contributed to this report.