The Latest: Merrell Boot parent company thanks searchers

Published on April 19, 2017 at 11:48AM

The parent organization of the hiking boot company co-founded by a man whose family is missing in the Grand Canyon says the company continues to be hopeful. Wolverine Worldwide executive vice president Jim Zwiers said the company’s thoughts, prayers and hearts are with the Merrell family. Lou-Ann Merrell and her stepgrandson, 14-year-old Jackson Standefer, went missing while crossing a creek near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on Saturday. Merrell, along with her husband, Randy Merrell, who co-founded the Merrell Boot Co., were on the trip with the boy and his mother. Zwiers also said in the written statement that the company was grateful to the searchers and that he continues to be hopeful. The family had hiked down to Tapeats Creek when Lou-Ann Merrell and the boy lost footing. The search for them includes three teams, a drone, a helicopter and an inflatable motor raft.