Body of missing Ohio hiker found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Search crews have located the body of Susan Clements, 53, of Cincinnati.

Investigators stated her body was found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park late Tuesday afternoon two miles west of the Clingmans Dome parking area, three-fourth miles south of the Appalachian Trail.

Officials with GSMNP say the last time anyone saw Clements was last Tuesday in the Clingmans Dome area of the park. She was hiking with her daughter, who says the two were separated.  Clements hasn’t been seen since.

“Over the last couple of days we’ve concentrated both on trails in this area as well as starting to work off trail and into some of the drainage that come down from this mountain ridge. Right now, we’re really focusing on the off trail areas since we have now kind of cleared and walked through most of the trails and haven’t found her,” said park spokesperson Julena Campbell last week.

The rocky terrain and dense vegetation, made this search particularly difficult.

“It takes a lot of people and a lot of time to just comb through that landscape to make sure that we don’t find her or a clue,” said Campbell.

Several search crew were part of the effort, including dog teams, helicopters and drones.

“We’re working at least 12 if not 16 hour days, and we’ll continue doing that as long as we need to,” Campbell said.

More than 45 agencies and volunteer search and rescue groups participated in the search for Clements. 

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