Hiker Reported Missing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
A 53-year-old woman was reported missing near Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Tuesday, Sept. 25. According to park service officials, Susan Clements of Cleves, Ohio, and her daughter were hiking on the Forney Ridge Trail and became separated sometime around 5 p.m.
Great Smoky Mountains park rangers began the search on Tuesday night and have continued interviewing hikers and surveying trails in the area throughout the week. On Thursday, an additional 40 search and rescue personnel were brought on to aid efforts. According to a Facebook post by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the road to the observation tower on Clingmans Dome tower was closed to vehicles on Friday, Sept. 28, “to better facilitate search-related traffic and to ensure the safety of search crews.”
Clements was last seen approximately a quarter-mile from Andrews Bald. She is five feet, six inches feet tall, weighs 125 pounds, and was reported to be wearing black pants, a green sweater, a clear rain poncho, and white shoes.
Park service officials have urged anyone with information leading to the rescue of Clements to contact the National Park Service at 1-888-653-0009. Tips can also be submitted via the investigative services branch’s website or by Facebook message.
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