Missing Hiker Safely Removed from the China Creek Trail

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February 11, 2019
Tuesday, February 11th
February 11, 2019
Missing Hiker Safely Removed from the China Creek Trail


Search crews from Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue, along with mutual-aid agencies, successfully located and evacuated Mr. Frank Sanady, 67 years-of-age, Charlotte, NC, from the China Creek Trail area at 5:10 PM today.   


Mr. Sanady entered the trail at approximately 12:00 PM on February 9, 2019, for a day hike.  When Mr. Sanady did not return by early evening, Blowing Rock Emergency Services were notified and launched a search and recovery operation.  Crews worked throughout the night attempting to locate Mr. Sanady.  At approximately 11:30 AM today, Mr. Sanady, was located by searchers.  Mr. Sanady was uninjured but very fatigued. 


Agencies assisting in the search and recovery efforts were:


Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue

Blowing Rock Police

Boone Police

Watauga County Emergency Management

Caldwell County Emergency Management

Collettsville Fire Department

Linville Central Rescue

Granite Falls Fire Department

Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger

NC Park Service

NC Wildlife

NC Emergency Management

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