Woman who spent 12 days alone in Smokies was 'unprepared'

(WBIR) A 44-year-old woman is in the hospital after Blount County deputies found her in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Monday morning.

GSMNP officials said she woman called 911 on her cell phone Monday morning, saying she had hypothermia.

She told Blount County deputies she was intentionally dropped off at the intersection of Foothills Parkway and Highway 321 about 10-12 days ago. She was not prepared for outdoor living or the weather conditions. She did not have a tent, and carried only a backpack.

Deputies picked her near the spot where she was dropped off and took her to Blount Memorial Hospital.

No word on her condition or why she was in the park for so many days by herself, though officials said she could be mentally ill.


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