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Colorado River runner missing in Grand Canyon National Park

Victor Tseng
Victor Tseng
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Grand Canyon, Ariz. – June 28, 2014 – Grand Canyon National Park officials are asking the public for information on a missing Colorado River runner. They recently reported that on Friday, June 27 at approximately 3:40 p.m. the National Park Service received a satellite phone call from a commercial river trip reporting a missing passenger at River Mile 157 known as Havasu Rapids.

Today’s Grand Canyon National Park press release and Missing Person posters report that Victor Tseng of Phoenix, Ariz. fell from a ledge into the river at approximately 3:10 p.m. Tseng was not wearing a personal flotation device (life preserver) at the time and was last seen by members of his party below Havasu Rapids. The rapids are at the confluence of the Colorado River and the blue-green Havasu Creek.

Tseng is described as 68 years old, 5’7, 175 pounds with grey hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a long-sleeved shirt, aquamarine in color, a yellow bandana and tan pants. According to Health Grades, an online physician referral service at http://www.healthgrades.com, Victor Tseng is a M.D., who Specializes in Orthopedic Hand Surgery and speaks two languages: English and Chinese.

Havasu Creek flows through the Havasupai Indian Reservation and is best known for the majestic waterfalls that draw visitors from around the world. The word ‘Havasupai’ means ‘people of the blue green waters.'

The National Park Service is currently conducting a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation and a missing persons investigation is on-going. No further information is available at this time. Any individual with information on the location of Victor Tseng should contact the Grand Canyon National Park Service Dispatch at 928-638-7805.