The search for Chad Seger, a missing hiker from Asheville, resumed Sunday morning with over 120 searchers from multiple agencies from as far away as Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Kannapolis.
In addition to ground search teams, a K9 unit is being employed today. A N.C. Highway Patrol helicopter team provided air support Saturday and may be used again as needed.
Sunday's search area expands on areas searched yesterday while continuing to focus on the Shining Rock Wilderness and Black Balsam Knob areas in detail, according to a news release from Haywood County Emergency Management.
All credible leads from social media and local hikers continue to be followed up on and the incident management team encourages the public to keep sharing tips or possible sightings, the news release stated.
The Black Balsam area of the parkway continues to be very busy with emergency vehicles and searchers, so visitors are encouraged to make alternate plans and avoid the area.
The search began Friday when an Asheville man was reported missing in the Pisgah National Forest near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Haywood County.
Seger, 27, was last heard from by a family member with a cell phone on Monday, Oct. 12, but he has not been heard from since.
Seger is familiar with the area and may have some hiking or camping gear with him, those heading the search effort reported.
The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office asked hikers who may have encountered Seger to pass along any information.
“If you have been hiking anytime this week in the Black Balsam, Sam Knob, Mountains to Sea area of the Pisgah National Forest and have seen Chad Seger or have any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office at 828-452-6600,” that post reads.