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Park Service seeks information regarding man’s death

Investigators with the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch are trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of David Carver, Jr., who was found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Monday, July 8. They are seeking information from the public to make that determination. 

Carver was reported missing by a family member to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office in early June. Searchers found Carver, 64, of Blount County, Tennessee, near Laurel Creek Road between Townsend and Cades Cove after receiving a tip from an off-trail hiker. His remains appeared to be several months old.

The Knox County Regional Forensic Center identified Carver by comparing medical records. The cause of death and activity at time of death are under investigation. An autopsy is being performed, and no additional details are currently available

Information about Carver's death, as well as information that can help investigators determine how Carver got into the park and what he was doing there, can be directed to ISB investigators through any of the following means: 

• Call or text the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009
• Visit www.nps.gov/isb and click “Submit a Tip”
• Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Message on Facebook @InvestigativeServicesNPS or Twitter @SpecialAgentNPS or Instagram @SpecialAgent_NPS


Callers may remain anonymous if they choose. Monetary rewards may be available to those who provide credible information that aids the investigation.

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