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What happened to Bryce Evans? Missing University of Tennessee student found dead near remote Great Smoky Mountains trail

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Bryce Evans, a 23-year-old Tennessee man who had been missing since August 1, was discovered dead in North Carolina’s Balsam Mountains on August 5.

After departing for a camping and hiking vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryce Evans, a member of the National Guard and student at the University of Tennessee, was reported missing last week.

Evans was last seen in Cherokee, North Carolina, on July 31, according to Fox News. When he failed to return his calls, his parents filed a missing person’s report. On Thursday, his 2017 Grey Nissan Ultima was found at a trailhead for hikers.

The inquiry into Evans’ cause of death is still ongoing, according to the authorities.

Bryce Evans

Bryce Evans

The disappearance of Bryce Evans

Bryce Evans liked being outside. He was an Eagle Scout before he began his service as a National Outdoorsman.

He had instructed his sister, Analise Evans, to go to the gym before driving to Charlottesville, North Carolina, to sign up for an internship at the University of North Carolina, before going missing. But according to the university’s records, he never showed there.

Evans didn’t sign in to the gym either, according to Scott Erland, a spokesman for Knoxville Police.

According to The Citizens Times, after discovering Bryce Evans’ car on Heintooga Ridge Road at 7:45 p.m. on August 4, officers blocked off the area and carried out a search of the surrounding region. The Cherokee Fire and Police Departments and the National Park Service all worked together on this project.

The hunt continued on August 5. Responders found Evans’ body off the route at around 11:15 a.m. Analiese Evans posted condolences for her brother on social media in response to the finding.

She stated in an Instagram post:

The cause of Evans’ death has not yet been released by the authorities.

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