NPS reduces search effort for two missing hikers in Smoky Mountains National Park

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Rescuers scaled back the search today for two men reported missing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after nearly a week of dead ends.

“Despite having 60 people out there, we haven’t found anything that indicates either of them was anywhere other than their cars,” park spokesman Bob Miller said. “We don’t want to give up, but we’ve pretty much exhausted what we can do.”

If Derek Lueking, 24, of Louisville, Tenn., and Michael Giovanni Cocchini, 23, of Nashville remain in the park, no one’s found any sign of them so far.


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