Second death confirmed this week

The death of a tourist from Hong Kong at Grand Canyon West on Thursday was the second fatality this week confirmed at the canyon, officials said.

The National Park Service confirmed a second person died at Grand Canyon National Park on Tuesday.

A park spokesperson said a body was found in a wooded area south of Grand Canyon Village away from the rim. Authorities were working to identify the person, who is believed to be a foreign national, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

“The NPS and the Coconino County Medical Examiner are conducting an investigation,” NPS said in a news release.

More: Tourist falls hundreds of feet into Grand Canyon while taking photos

Park spokeswoman Vanessa Ceja-Cervantes said the cause of death is unclear. The incident was called in at about 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, the international tourist died after falling hundreds of feet into the Grand Canyon while trying to take photos, officials said. The man was part of a group taking photos very close to the rim at Grand Canyon West, which is outside of Grand Canyon National Park on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

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