Missing Hiker Located In Jones Gap; Airlifted to Hospital - WSPA.com

Missing Hiker Located In Jones Gap; Airlifted to Hospital

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A missing hiker has been located in Jones Gap State Park after they were reported missing yesterday. 

Officials tell our crew that Jones Gap State Park was closed for a while but opened back up Sunday morning. 

According to Lt. Ty Miller with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, the wife of the hiker reporter him missing after he seemed disoriented and left to go look for butterflies at Jones Gap State Park. 

The Park Service said Carl Ganser from North Carolina is the name of the man who went missing. Officers said he was on the Hospital Rock Trail and got off the path. He was found in a patch of briar bushes.

The last reported sighting of the man was last night around 5:00pm. A Code Red was issued and a phone call when out to everyone in that area to be on the lookout for the missing person. 

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said they can issue a Red Code alert in a BOLO situation and control how many people it's sent to. Deputies said it's been used often and is extremely helpful for gathering tips.

Crews with Greenville County Sheriff's Office, Greenville County ERC, Greenville County Tracking Team, Cedar Mountain Fire, and River Falls Fire aided in the search. The South Carolina State Park Service headed up the search. A helicopter as well as K-9s were dispatched to search the area as well. 

Lt. Miller said that the hiker was located around 8:30am this morning in a a ravine. He was conscious. 

Crews took every precaution when removing the hiker in case of injuries. So far, no injuries have been reported. The hiker has been airlifted to the hospital. 

Rangers said you should always sign the registry at the trail head and tell someone where you are hiking before you leave. They said you should bring extra gear, food, water and wear comfortable clothing.

Rangers said your cell phone can often get service or be used to track your whereabouts so it's helpful to have it with you.

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