Park searching for missing person in North Carolina

by Jul 29, 2019NEWS ka-no-he-da


Drivers License photo of Kevin Mark Lynch

The attached photo was taken of Lynch on the day he was last seen. He was wearing a brown colored shirt and hat. (Photo provided by NPS)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers are searching for a 58-year-old male near the Cataloochee Divide Trail in Haywood County. Kevin Mark Lynch was last seen at the Swag Resort along the boundary of the park at 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 27. Lynch has mild dementia and may be confused about his location.

Please contact the park’s Emergency Communications Center (865) 436-1230 if you were hiking on the Cataloochee Divide Trail after 3 p.m. yesterday or have any information regarding the individual after this time period. Haywood County has issued a silver alert.

Approximately 30 searchers from the National Park Service, Haywood County Search and Rescue, and other partner organizations are in the area today looking for Lynch both on and off trail. He was not carrying any equipment at the time of his disappearance.

– National Park Service release