01-16-2013, 07:02 PM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Another hiker death
Great Smoky Mountains Media Advisory
Contact: Dana Soehn, Dana_Soehn@nps.gov
Phone number: 865-436-1207
Date: January 16, 2013
Hiker Fatality on AT near Tricorner Knob
An overdue male hiker, approximately 50 years of age, was discovered deceased at Tricorner Knob Shelter in Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Park Rangers early Wednesday afternoon, January 16, 2013. The name of the hiker is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of family.
The hiker left Newfound Gap on Saturday morning intending to hike 30 miles along the Appalachian Trail to Davenport Gap in North Carolina. The hiker was reported overdue Monday afternoon by a friend when he failed to show up at Davenport Gap. Rangers initiated an investigation at that time. Rangers were searching trails in the area when the discovery was made today.
Park Rangers are investigating the incident with the assistance of the Swain County Medical Examiner�s Office. The cause of death does not appear to be suspicious.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Management Assistant/Public Affairs
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738