GATLINBURG, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol was called in to airlift a deceased hiker from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

According to a news release from the park, rangers located the body of 50-year-old Richard Lemarr on Wednesday after he was reported missing by a friend.

The Knoxville resident had left Newfound Gap on Saturday morning intending to hike 30 miles along the Appalachian Trail to Davenport Gap in North Carolina.

His body was found in the Tricorner Knob Shelter, but it could not be evacuated until Friday due to the remote location and inclement weather. The shelter was closed to the public in the meantime.

Park Rangers are investigating with the assistance of the Swain County, N.C., Medical Examiner's Office. Lemarr's death does not appear to be suspicious.

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