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December 13, 2018

A week in: Search for Missing Hiker Continues

The week long search for a missing hiker continues in the area surrounding Clingman’s Dome. Over the weekend, the search effort intensified with the addition of personnel and specialized equipment from five states. Around 125 including Searchers, canine teams, helicopters, and drones are continuing efforts to find the missing woman.
Susan Clements was last seen on the Forney Ridge Trail approximately ¼ mile from Andrews Bald on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 5pm where she was hiking with her daughter before the two separated with a plan to meet back at the Clingmans Dome parking lot. She is a white female with light brown hair and blue eyes, is 5’6” tall, and weighs 125 pounds. She is 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. 
Anyone who saw Clements on Tuesday afternoon or since then is asked to contact the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch at 1-888-653-0009.
The Clingman’s Dome road has been closed in order to manage the search.

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