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Missing 64-year-old female hiker found tied to a tree

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BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — A missing hiker found off a trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Buncombe County Thursday had been tied to a tree, according to emergency radio call recordings obtained by WLOS.

In the recordings, a firefighter with the Reems Creek Volunteer Fire Department tells a dispatcher the 64-year-old woman is alive.

A missing hiker rescuers found off a trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway had been tied to a tree, according to emergency radio calls (Photo credit: WLOS)

“She’s not deceased at this time,” a rescue worker at the scene told a dispatcher. “She is tied to a tree. This is the one they were looking for.”

The hiker was found near Potato Fields Gap, which is less than four miles from the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center.

Rescuers started looking for the woman after her friend called 911 at 1:25 p.m. Thursday. She was located about an hour later.

The woman was taken to Mission Hospital. Her condition is not known.

There is no suspect information available at this time.

13 comments

  • wilson

    She is darn lucky Bigfoot didn’t find her!! Why would she tie herself to a tree for goodness sake???

    • Rachael Appold

      She didn’t…someone else obviously tied her to the tree. How would anyone tie themself to a tree?

    • 600poundsofsin

      I love how wilson thinks. First he ASSUMES she tied herself to the tree and asks, “why would she do such a thing?”

      Then when others suggest that it’s probably more likely that someone else tied her to the tree, Wilson objects, “how dare you ASSUME what happened?!? More investigation is necessary!!!! KEEP AN OPEN MIND!!!!!”

      I have no opinion about what happened vis-a-vis that damn tree, but I know one thing for sure: Wilson is a shameless hypocrite.

  • Jay Seifert

    Why does the firefighter say …She IS tied to a tree? Shouldn’t she be saying …she WAS tied to a tree? I mean who calls something like that in without having already helped her?

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