Man hunted by park authorities after he hits baseballs into Grand Canyon

It appeared as if the man was being photographed and was hitting off a tee.
It appeared as if the man was being photographed and was hitting off a tee. Photo credit Grand Canyon National Park

A man who hit baseballs into the one of America's treasured natural landmarks is under investigation after tipsters helped authorities locate him.

The search lit up social media after park officials posted to social media on Wednesday looking for the unidentified suspect, seen in a widely-circulated photo smacking a baseball off a tee at the Grand Canyon's South Rim.

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The initial post – almost amusingly – read: "Can you help U.S. Park Rangers of Grand Canyon National Park find this individual responsible for hitting baseballs into Grand Canyon?"

Photo of the suspect released on Facebook.
Photo of the suspect released on Facebook. Photo credit Grand Canyon National Park

The incident happened last Sunday near the Yavapai Geology Museum at about 3:45 p.m., officials said.

In an updated Facebook post, authorities later announced: "Park personnel are in contact with the involved individual. Though no further details are available at this time, we sincerely thank all who submitted tips."

It wasn't immediately clear if the man would face charges.