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Knoxville man died while hiking Appalachian Trail

4:03 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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Officials with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have identified the hiker who was found dead on the Appalachian Trail on Wednesday.

Rangers found Richard Lemarr, 50, of Knoxville, at the Tricorner Knob Shelter after he was reported overdue.  Because of bad weather, officials could not evacuate his body until Friday, but rangers stayed at the shelter and it remained closed during that time.

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.

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An Appalachian Trail hiker was discovered dead Wednesday afternoon.

The 50-year-old man was reported overdue Monday afternoon when he failed to show up at Davenport Gap. A friend said he had planned to hike the 30 miles between Newfound Gap to Davenport Gap in North Carolina.

Rangers were searching trails in the area when they discovered his body Wednesday.

The name of the man is not being released until family has been notified.

Officials say the cause of death does not appear to be suspicious.

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