[at-l] Hiker death on the AT

Tom McGinnis sloetoe at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 16 16:55:10 CST 2013

Not to poke or make any sort of light but, boy, I could certainly think of worse ways to go...

--- On Wed, 1/16/13, Jim Smith <cutter78 at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Jim Smith <cutter78 at gmail.com>
Subject: [at-l] Hiker death on the AT
To: "AT-L List" <at-l at mailman.backcountry.net>
Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 5:33 PM

Great Smoky Mountains Media Advisory
Release Date:	Immediate
Contact:  		Dana Soehn,Dana_Soehn at 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 overdueMonday 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.
______________________________Jim Smith
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