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Civil Air Patrol uses the night to search for missing hiker

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- After unsuccessful ground searches, the Chattanooga chapter of the Civil Air Patrol will take to the air to help search for hiker Derek Lueking.

"It's an extremely rugged and remote area," Choo Choo Squadron Cmdr. Deming Gray said. "There's not a lot of electric light. Not in that area."

Lueking's vehicle was found Saturday morning at the parking lot near Clingman's Dome at Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is under Group One of the Civil Air Patrol's Tennessee Wing. Earlier this week, Group One enlisted the help of Group Two, which includes the Choo Choo Squadron.

The Tennessee Wing responds to about 12 missions a year, spokesman Mark Landrum said. There are generally about 100 a year.

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