LINVILLE, N.C. (AP/WNCN) — A man is dead after a fall at Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina, officials said.
A missing person report was made around 10 a.m. Sunday for a man who was last seen at an overlook at the park about 110 miles northwest of Charlotte, the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation said in a news release.
After a search, crews found a man dead at the base of a cliff and recovered his body, officials said.
“The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is deeply saddened by today’s incident and extends thoughts and prayers to all those affected,” a news release from the group said.
Avery County Sheriff Mike Henley identified the man as 53-year-old Todd Buckman of Troy, New Hampshire. He says Buckman was visiting Grandfather Mountain with his sister, but was alone when he fell.
The Avery County Sheriff’s Office said it appears to be an accidental fall, according to the foundation.
While nothing indicates anything other than an accident, investigations are underway, officials said.
Responding crews included Linville-Central Search and Rescue, Linville Volunteer Fire Department, Avery County Emergency Management, Watauga County Emergency Services, Avery County Sherriff’s Office, Grandfather Mountain State Park and Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation staff.