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November 26, 2020

Body of Missing Hiker Found

Chad Seger

At approximately 3 p.m. today search teams located the body of missing hiker Chad Seger. He was found in an off-trail area near the Art Loeb trail in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area.

Searchers also found the gear he was believed to have with him nearby.

It is too early at this time to make a determination as to cause of death.

The family has asked for privacy at this difficult time. 

The family would also like to thank all of the volunteers, searchers, first responders, organizations, and veterans who dedicated their time and resources to help bring Chad home.

Seger had been missing since Monday, when he spoke briefly with a family member by telephone. Later that same evening an incomplete 911 call came into Haywood County Dispatch. It apparently could not be completed due to weak signal strength.

Over 400 individual searchers and support staff representing multiple agencies from five states were involved in the efforts to bring closure to the Seger family.

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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