The Avery County Sheriff’s Office says they have recovered the body believed to be a 26-year-old man who went missing more than a week ago.  

Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye told News Channel 11 they found the body a little before noon on Wednesday at Elk River Falls. 

Last week, 26-year-old Thomas McArdle, Jr. of Ohio slipped off a rock and fell into the rough waters below.  

The sheriff says heavy rains may have pushed the body outward from where it originally was. Frye’s body has been sent off to the medical examiner’s office for a positive identification.   

High water levels had hindered efforts to recover his body. 

Elk River Falls is a popular hiking destination that is just outside Carter County, TN and across the state line in Avery County, NC.