Remains Found in GSMNP Identified as Illinois Man

Authorities are investigating after a bear was found scavenging human remains in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Campsite 82 and sections of the Hazel Creek Trail are closed after hikers found the remains of an out of state man Friday.

The man has been identified 43-year-old Patrick Madura of Illinois. They’re now investigating cause of death. Officials say the bear head to be euthanized as it was scavenging the remains.

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