A hiker has been rescued after going missing on Saturday in Blowing Rock.
The hiker was found uninjured shortly before 1 p.m. on Sunday. He had last been seen around noon on Saturday.
The Boone Police Department tweeted shortly before 6 p.m. on Sunday that 67-year-old Frank Senady, of Charlotte, was ”out of the woods."
He was located in a rugged area far from the China Creek Trail where he started his hike.
Senady had last been seen entering the China Creek Trail around noon on Saturday wearing a red long sleeve shirt, khaki pants and a blue Patagonia hat.
The extremely rugged China Creek Trail begins at a marked trail head on Laurel Lane in Blowing Rock in the Pisgah National Forest and descends several hundred feet in elevation, ending on John Rivers Road, a press release from Caldwell County states.
Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue Chief Kent Graham on Sunday morning had launched a full mountain rescue team along with a class of trainees. Air support from a wildlife helicopter was also deployed.
Blowing Rock Police Department, Caldwell Emergency Management, Caldwell County Admin, Collettsville Fire and Rescue, Granite Falls Fire and Rescue, Linville Rescue and U.S. Park Rangers were involved in the search, according to the release.
Linville Rescue provided a K9 team and Granite Falls Fire Department provided a drone with thermal imaging capabilities.
A reason as to why Senady ended up off the trail was not immediately available.