UPDATE 11:35 a.m. CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Officials with the Carter County Rescue Squad confirmed with News Channel 11 Tuesday afternoon that a missing hiker was found safe.
Crews with the rescue squad were searching for the 18-year-old, who was hiking near Twisting Falls in the Poga Community.
No further details were immediately available.
CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Crews are continuing to search for a missing hiker in Carter County near the North Carolina state line.
According to James Heaton with the Carter County Rescue Squad, teams are searching for the 18-year-old, who was hiking near Twisting Falls in the Poga Community.
Heaton says the hiker was separated from his group around 6 p.m. on Monday and has not been seen or heard from since.
News Channel 11 has a crew on the scene with rescue teams, who are set up along Dark Ridge Road in Carter County as of 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
WINGS are preparing to fly over the area to try and locate the hiker, and a drone is also in use in the area.
Officials have confirmed that the hiker does have some familiarity with the area.
The search was temporarily halted between 1 and 2 a.m. on Tuesday, but rescue teams have returned to searching as of first light on Tuesday.
Heaton told News Channel 11 that personnel from the Carter County Rescue Squad were onsite during the break, in case the hiker exited the area on his own.
The Carter County Sheriff’s Office, Hampton Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department and the TWRA are assisting in the search.