ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A Great Smoky Mountains National Park official, citing an autopsy report, says hypothermia killed a Cleves woman whose body was found at the park last year.
Park spokeswoman Dana Soehn tells the Asheville Citizen-Times that foul play isn't suspected in the death of 53-year-old Mitzie Sue "Susan" Clements. Clements went missing while hiking with her daughter in September.
Her body was found a week later in "incredibly thick" vegetation near the Appalachian Trail on the North Carolina-Tennessee border, about two miles from the Clingmans Dome parking area. The search for Clements involved nearly 200 trained searchers who combed about 500 miles of land.