GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE/AP) – Authorities in Tennessee have identified the deceased man whose remains were found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
GSMNP officials said Monday searchers found human remains after being identified by an off-trail hiker. Park officials identified the remains as 64-year-old David J. Carver of Blount County.
The remains, which were found inside the park off of Laurel Creek Road, appear to be several months old.
Officials say the Knox County Regional Forensic Center identified Carver by comparing medical records. The cause of death and activity at the time he died are under investigation, and an autopsy is being performed.
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