Hiker Passes Away on Appalachian Trail

Published Jan 17, 2013


We regret to inform you of a death that occurred on the Appalachian Trail. Foul play is not suspected.

According to Great Smokey Mountains National Park Public Affairs Officer Dana Soehn, the body of a man, believed to be about 50 years of age, was found by rangers at Tricorner Knob Shelter early Wednesday afternoon, January 16, 2013.

Reports indicate the hiker left Newfound Gap on Saturday morning, intending to hike 30 miles along the Appalachian Trail to Davenport Gap in North Carolina.

When the man failed to show up at Davenport Gap on Monday afternoon, a friend reported him missing. Rangers began an investigation and were searching trails in the area when the discovery was made.

Rangers are investigating the incident with the assistance of the Swain County Medical Examiner's Office.

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