Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have confirmed the identity of the deceased male found in the park as David J. Carver, 64, of Blount County, Tenn. Carver was found in an off-trail area near Laurel Creek Road between Townsend, Tenn. and Cades Cove on Monday, July 8.
The Knox Country Regional Forensic Center positively identified Carver through comparison of medical records. The cause of death and activity at time of death are under investigation. An autopsy is being performed. No additional details are available at this time.
– National Park Service release