[UPDATED] Body Found on Appalachian Trail in Maryland Identified

The body of a man recovered Tuesday below Black Rock overlook on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland has been identified as Michael Joseph Mack, 58, of Hanover, MD, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Authorities said they do not suspect foul play in Mack’s death.

Mack was reported missing to state police by a relative at about the same time authorities were removing his body from the base of Black Rock cliff in South Mountain State Park, Candy Thomson, a Natural Resources Police spokeswoman, told The Frederick News-Post on Wednesday.

“That missing persons report wasn’t filed when we did our first sweep after the body was discovered,” Thomson told the News-Post. “We were notified of that missing persons report after the body was recovered, and based on that report, we were able to locate the victim’s vehicle.”

The NRP said on Twitter that it took rescue personnel from the NRP and Washington County Department of Emergency Services more than six hours on Tuesday to rig safety lines and bring the body down from an area below the overlook.

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Mack’s car was parked in a lot along U.S. 40 that hikers use to access the Appalachian Trail, which runs through South Mountain State Park and connects to the Black Rock spur, Thomson told the News-Post.

Authorities were notified about 3:45 p.m. Monday by two hikers who found the remains in South Mountain State Park in Washington County.

Thomson said Tuesday morning that rescue workers were having difficulty recovering the body because of the arduous terrain, according to HeraldMailMedia.com

“We’re going to have to bring the body out by hand,” she told the website.

Later, after Mack’s body arrived for an autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, a wallet with Mack’s driver’s license was found on his body, Thomson told the News-Post.

“At this point we’ll take our cues for the medical examiner, but right now there doesn’t appear to be any foul play,” Thomson told the News-Post.

Lead image courtesy Ellie B

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Comments 1

  • Grey Eagle. (Tom Young) : Jul 11th

    Hubris…bad decision…pity.


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