Local teacher vanishes during hike in Grand Canyon

Floyd Roberts went missing during a hike in the Grand Canyon. Family photo released by the National Park Service
Floyd Roberts went missing during a hike in the Grand Canyon. Family photo
Floyd Roberts went missing during a hike in the Grand Canyon. Family photo

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) – Authorities are continuing to search inside Grand Canyon National Park for a Pinellas man who has been missing since Saturday.

Park officials say several ground teams and a National Park Service helicopter are joining in the search Tuesday for 52-year-old Floyd E. Roberts III, who is a teacher at Middleton High School in Tampa. He teaches Business Technology and web design.

Searchers are focusing on an area that has rugged landscape and is covered in thick brush.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Wednesday.

Roberts, of Treasure Island, was on the first day of a multiday backpacking trip when he was reported missing Saturday afternoon.

They say a member of Roberts’ hiking group reported him missing near Kelly Tanks in the extreme western portion of Grand Canyon National Park.

A Hillsborough County School District spokesperson said Roberts has been a teacher with the district since August 2014.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



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