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Ohio hiker died of hypothermia at Great Smoky Mountains park

Posted at 10:34 AM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 10:34:09-04

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.