Dead Smokies hiker identified, body removed from park

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Dead Smokies hiker identified, body removed from park

Postby Todd » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:58 pm

Dead Smokies hiker identified, body removed from park

By News Sentinel staff
Knoxville News Sentinel
Posted January 18, 2013 at 2:40 p.m., updated January 18, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.

Smokies park authorities said today the body of a 50-year-old Knoxville man was airlifted from the mountains by helicopter, two days after it was found in a remote shelter.

The hiker was identified as Richard Lemarr.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol used its hoist helicopter to retrieve Lemarr's body, according to Dana Soehn, a spokeswoman with Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Rangers found the body Wednesday at the Tricorner Knob Shelter, perhaps the most remote part of the park. Lemarr left Newfound Gap on Saturday morning, planning to hike 30 miles along the Appalachian Trail to Davenport Gap on the North Carolina side.

He failed to meet a friend on Monday at Davenport Gap. A park search then began.

Bad weather and the hard-to-reach location delayed recovery of the body.

Rangers stayed on-site at the shelter after Lemarr was found. The shelter has been closed to the public.

Authorities do not suspect foul play. The Swain County, N.C., Medical Examiner's Office is assisting park authorities in the death investigation.

Lemarr's is the second death reported in the national park this week. A 34-year-old Michigan woman was killed Tuesday when her vehicle collided with a National Park Service pickup along Newfound Gap Road.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/jan/1 ... oved-from/
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Re: Dead Smokies hiker identified, body removed from park

Postby Todd » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:50 pm

National Park releases hiker's cause of death

By Lance Coleman
Posted April 18, 2013 at 11:08 a.m.

The Knoxville man who died while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park succumbed to hypothermia, officials said today.

“It was hypothermia,” said national park spokeswoman Molly Schroer of 50-year-old Richard Lemarr’s cause of death. “That was confirmed through the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office.”

Lemarr left Newfound Gap on Jan. 12, planning to hike 30 miles along the Appalachian Trail to Davenport Gap on the North Carolina side.

He failed to meet a friend on Jan. 14 at Davenport Gap and a park search then began.

On Jan. 16, park rangers found Lemarr’s body in the Tricorner Knob Shelter, one of the most remote parts of the park, officials said.

Bad weather and the hard-to-reach location delayed recovery of the body. Rangers stayed on-site at the shelter after Lemarr was found.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol assisted park rangers by airlifting the body out of the park.

More details as they develop online and in Friday’s News Sentinel

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/apr/1 ... -of-death/
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