00:35 EST 16 January 2013
A 21-year-old woman has vanished on a Grand Canyon rafting trip amid fears she fell into the river.
Kaitlin Anne Kenney joined the excursion along the Colorado River last week and was last seen at a camp on the river banks on Friday.
Her mother Linnea now fears her daughter from Englewood, Colorado, fell into the icy water river waters and is dead as rescuers in Arizona scale back their search.
‘Please say a prayer for our family. Our sweet Kaitlin is with the angels,’ Linnea wrote on Facebook.
Kenney was reported missing Saturday, and helicopter and ground crews searched the Tapeats and Deer Creek drainages, Surprise Valley and along the river all weekend.
A relative told 7NEWS the family believes Kaitlin may have got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and fallen into the river or gotten lost after becoming disoriented in the dark.
It was below zero the night she disappeared and she did not have her coat or any survival gear for that type of weather, the relative said.
Park spokeswoman Shannan Marcak described Kenney as 5-feet-5 inches tall, 125 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
Kenney was last seen wearing a tan coat and tan pants, a grey shirt, multi-colored scarf, black knit cap and hiking boots.
Ground-based crews scoured the Tapeats Creek area again Monday.
But Marcak said Tuesday that with no new clues, authorities have decided to scale back the search.
Marcak says efforts will continue in a ‘limited mode in which rangers and pilots will continue to search for clues when in the area.’
She says flyers with Kenney’s picture and description also remain posted at popular river trip launch and takeout points.
Kaitlin is a talented musician who won first place in the young adult category at the 2011 Colorado Fiddle Championships.
She attended Cherry Creek High School and the University of Montana.
Her mother wrote on Facebook ‘She was our balloon let loose in a room and lived life to it’s fullest, always with a smile. We were blessed to have her in our lives.’
‘She shared her spark of life and her beauty and her kindness and free spirit with everybody,’ she told reporters. ‘She never did anything that was ordinary and she was always out there and willing to explore.’
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Grand Canyon tip line at 928-638-7767.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
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her path of destiny = 60 = Excursion. Grand Canyon rafting trip where it is feared she fell into the river. Love of the outdoors. She never did anything that was ordinary.
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