More than 30 agencies and 125 people continued the search Saturday for a City of Cincinnati worker who has been lost in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park since Tuesday.
Helicopters, multiple canine teams, and specialized search and rescue drones are assisting in the search for 53-year-old Mitzi “Susie” Clements of Cleves, Ohio, who was reported missing after becoming separated from her daughter while hiking near Clingmans Dome.
Weather conditions Saturday helped searchers. The search has been hampered by rain, fog, wind and temperatures in the 40s over the last several days in this mountainous area of the park straddling Tennessee and North Carolina.
Sunday’s forecast calls for partly to mostly cloudy skies with a high of 74 degrees in the park. Thunderstorms are likely in the afternoon.
Clingmans Dome Road was closed Thursday for the search effort. The Clingmans Dome parking area is being used as a field “incident command post” to manage the search. Tents and self-contained mobile command busses have been set up there.
Verizon has brought in a portable cell tower.
The seven-mile closed road has been used as a landing zone for aircraft assisting the search. Clingmans Dome Road remains closed.
Additional volunteer searchers are not being sought, the National Park Service said, because the search operation is limited to “trained searchers to enable a systematic, thorough search of the area,” according to a news release.
Clements was last seen on the Forney Ridge Trail approximately a quarter mile from Andrews Bald on Tuesday at 5 p.m., according to the Park Service.
She was wearing a green zip-up sweater, black workout pants over black leggings, a clear rain poncho, and white tennis shoes with purple laces.
Anyone who saw Clements in the Smokies is asked to contact the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch at 1-888-653-0009 at http://www.nps.gov/isb by clicking “submit a tip,” or via by sending a message on Facebook at “InvestigativeServicesNPS,” or Twitter @SpecialAgentNPS.
Via: USA Today