Arizona searchers find body of missing 5-year-old

This undated family photo released by the Coconino County Sheriff’s office shows missing boy, Jerald Joseph Williams. The search for the 5-year-old Arizona boy who went missing from a campsite north of the Grand Canyon entered its fifth day Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, as volunteers walked shoulder to shoulder in thick vegetation and heavy rain looking for any sign of the child. (Coconino County Sheriffs via AP)

JACOB LAKE, Ariz. (AP) — The body of a 5-year-old Arizona boy was found Monday after he went missing from a campsite north of the Grand Canyon last week, authorities said.

No other details were immediately released by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, which said Jerold Joseph Williams had been found dead.

Several hundred searchers spent five days looking for the boy in rugged terrain after he wandered off from the campsite Thursday while chasing grasshoppers.

The Colorado City boy was with a group of about 20 people when he went missing about 12 miles south of Jacob Lake in Kaibab National Forest.

The search was aided by military helicopters equipped with night vision equipment, ground crews with dogs and ATVs, and numerous volunteers from Jerald’s hometown.

Some volunteers walked shoulder-to-shoulder through thick vegetation in heavy rain Monday in hopes of finding clues.

Authorities said earlier that there were no signs of an abduction or foul play and noted that the boy’s parents were devastated by the disappearance and remained involved throughout the search. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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