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Mom vanishes while hiking with daughter in NC mountains

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP/WNCN) - An Ohio woman has gone missing for nearly three days while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that borders North Carolina and Tennessee.

Park spokeswoman Julena Campbell tells The Ashville Citizen-Times that 53-year-old Mitzie Sue "Susan" Clements, of Cleves, Ohio, was last seen Tuesday evening.

She was hiking with her daughter Forney Ridge Trail near Andrews Bald and the Clingmans Dome parking area when they separated. Rangers began searching that night.

On Wednesday, officials expanded the search in size and area, including experienced searchers spending the night on the Appalachian Trail in an attempt to locate Clements and interview any hikers in the area.

Clingmans Dome Road was closed to vehicles on Thursday night and until further notice to facilitate search-related traffic and parking.

Campbell says the park has about 100 search and rescue missions each year; it's rare to not find someone within the first day.

Those with information can call the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch at 888-653-0009.

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