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Search intensifies for Cleves woman missing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted at 4:50 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 15:56:58-04

The search for a Cleves woman missing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has grown to include more than 45 agencies and volunteer search and rescue groups, but she still has not been found.

Mitzie Sue "Susan" Clements, 53, was last seen in the Clingmans Dome area of the park on Tuesday, Sept. 25, according to the National Park Service. Clements is a Cleves resident, Metropolitan Sewer District employee and sister-in-law of a Cincinnati firefighter. 

Clements is white with light brown hair and blue eyes. She's 5'6" and 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing a green zip-up sweater, black workout pants over black leggings, a clear rain poncho and gray Nike running shoes with light green soles.

She was last seen on the Forney Ridge Trail about 1/4 mile from Andrews Bald, where she was hiking with her daughter before the two got separated with a plan to meet back at the Clingmans Dome parking lot.

National Park Service officials said the search intensified over the weekend around a rugged area on the North Carolina-Tennessee border. Groups from five states brought in more searchers, canine teams, helicopters and drones. About 125 people were working on the search Monday. 

Family members set up a Gofundme page to help cover their expenses to stay in the area during the search.

Officials asked anyone who saw Clements on Tuesday afternoon or since to contact the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch by calling 1-888-653-0009, submitting a tip online at nps.gove/isb, emailing or sending them a message on Facebook or Twitter.