Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers Searching for Missing Knox County Hiker

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers are searching for a Knox County man who was day hiking along the Middle Prong Trail in the Tremont area.

56 year-old Fred Braden Jr. of Powell was reported missing just after 7 last night (Tuesday). Rangers have initiated containment efforts and a hasty ground search this morning with 12 members of the park’s Search and Rescue Team.

Anyone hiking in the Middle Prong Trail area yesterday may have helpful information and is requested to contact the park’s Emergency Communication Center.

Photo courtesy of WVLT

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