Floyd E. Roberts, III remains missing at Grand Canyon National Park


A hiker traveling with a group becomes separated after beginning to hike in a remote part of the Grand Canyon National Park near Shivwits Plateau. No clues have been found to date.

Date Missing: June 17, 2016

As reported by the NPS ,

Roberts was 52 years old at the time he went missing. White male, 5’11” tall, 170 pounds, brown/grey hair and brown eyes. Last seen wearing a red long-sleeved shirt, blue denim jeans, multi-colored mesh Nike Free sneakers, large blue Lowe Alpine Contour backpack, and white-rimmed sunglasses with orange lenses. Carrying a daypack.

Roberts became separated from companions during extreme heat conditions while starting a multi-day hike in a remote portion of western Grand Canyon on the Shivwits Plateau. The group planned a 9 day hike that would exit the canyon via Separation Canyon. He was last seen near Kelly Tank heading towards Trail Canyon/214 Mile Canyon (Shanley Spring area) towards the river but may have descended into 209 Mile Canyon. Following an intensive 6 day search effort the incident remains unresolved; the search for Roberts is in continuous, limited mode.

Last seen wearing:

  • a red long-sleeved shirt

  • blue jeans

  • multicolored mesh Nike Free sneakers

  • sunglasses with white frames and orange lenses

  • a large blue Lowe Alpine Contour backpack.

As reported by the Charley Project,

Roberts was last seen in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. He and a group had started a nine-day hike on the Shivwits Plateau in a remote portion of western Grand Canyon, when he got separated from the others.

He was last seen near Kelly Tank, walking towards Trail Canyon/214 Mile Canyon to the river. He may have descended into 209 Mile Canyon. He has never been heard from again and an extensive search turned up no indication of his whereabouts. His case remains unsolved.

If you have any information regarding Floyd Roberts’ whereabouts, or know anything more about this case, you are asked to contact the National Park Service at 888-653-0009.

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