Sister of Tennessee man found dead in Great Smoky Mountains National Park: ‘Thank you all for your prayers’

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The sister of a deceased Tennessee man whose body was recovered by rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park is speaking out.

In social media posts, Analiese Evans said her brother, 23-year-old Bryce Evans, was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Tennessee National Guard.

She said on Instagram over the weekend that the family was not sure why he had gone hiking alone.

“We would like to thank you all for your prayers during this and as we begin the process of healing,” Analiese said.

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“We would also like to thank the local authorities in Cherokee, NC and the US Park Service,” she added.

WLOS reported Evans had a summer internship at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte.

Views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are seen in Tennessee, United States on November 10, 2018. 
(Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In a release, the National Park Service (NPS) said Evans’ body was located in a remote section of the park near Balsam Mountain, North Carolina. 

Evans, from Knoxville, was reported missing by his family earlier in the week. 

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On Thursday evening, Evans’ vehicle was found parked at the Great Smoky Mountains Balsam Mountain Trailhead near Pin Oak Gap on Heintooga Ridge Road. 

The body of a missing Tennessee National Guardsman and University of Tennessee student was found on Friday after being reported missing earlier in the week.

The body of a missing Tennessee National Guardsman and University of Tennessee student was found on Friday after being reported missing earlier in the week.
(North Carolina Senator Chuck Edwards)

Rangers proceeded to close the road and conducted a search of the immediate area with emergency responders from the Cherokee Police and Fire departments. 

On the next day, the park service and Cherokee Police, Fire and Emergency Management Services continued to search the area. 

Within a few hours, at approximately 11:15 a.m. local time, Evans was discovered about 20 yards off the trail and approximately 1.5 miles from the Balsam Mountain Trailhead parking area.

Views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are seen in Tennessee, United States on November 10, 2018. 

Views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are seen in Tennessee, United States on November 10, 2018. 
(Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

No additional details were available.

A 7-year-old Georgia girl died at the park after a tree fell on a tent at the end of last month.

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