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Body of missing hiker found in North Carolina mountains

October 21, 2020 GMT

CANTON, N.C. (AP) — Officials say rescue crews have found the body of a young hiker who went missing in the North Carolina mountains.

According to a statement from the Haywood County Emergency Management team, 27-year-old Chad Seger’s body was found in the Pisgah National Forest on Tuesday.

Search teams found Seger’s body at approximately 3 p.m. in an off-trail area in the Shining Rock Wilderness area, local news outlets reported. He was last seen on Oct. 12.

The statement said it was too early to determine his cause of death.

Officials had previously said Seger was from Asheville, was familiar with the area and was in good physical health. Family members said he was a Marine veteran who hiked often in the area, the Asheville Citizen Times reported.