Hiker found dead in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The National Park service released information Sunday about a hiker who died in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Ross Sabin Enderle, 26, from Pontiac, Mich., died while conducting a two-night backpacking trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with two friends and his brother, Ryan.

On Saturday morning, Park Rangers responded to the incident at Icewater Spring shelter, one of the shelters along the Appalachian Trail.

Enderle and his hiking companions had stayed the second night of their itinerary at the Icewater Spring shelter on Friday.

Besides their group of four, there were two other backpackers staying in the shelter and two others nearby.

When they awoke on Saturday morning and tried to arouse Enderle, he was unresponsive.

One of the hikers staying at the shelter contacted 911 by a cell phone and Great Smoky Mountains National Park was notified around 7:45 a.m.

Shortly after the notification, Park Rangers arrived at the shelter at 9:14 a.m. Enderle exhibited no signs of life upon an examination by a Park EMT.

Park Rangers placed the body on a litter and carried the victim 3 miles from Icewater Spring to Newfound Gap via the Appalachian Trail.

The body was transported to Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, N.C., where an autopsy was performed.

The Park is awaiting results from the autopsy and a toxicology report. Park Rangers are continuing an investigation to determine the cause of death.

Preliminary findings indicate there was no foul play.


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