UPDATE: GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities in Tennessee have identified the deceased man whose remains were found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park officials say the remains of 64-year-old David J. Carver of Blount County were found Monday.

Officials say the Knox County Regional Forensic Center identified Carver by comparing medical records. The cause of death and activity at the time he died are under investigation, and an autopsy is being performed.

Park officials have said a hiker discovered the remains in an off-trail area near Laurel Creek Road in east Tennessee. The park said the remains appear to be several months old.

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ORIGINAL STORY: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities in Tennessee are investigating the discovery of human remains in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

News outlets report that the park issued a news release Monday saying that a body has been found by a hiker in an off-trail area near Laurel Creek Road in east Tennessee.

The park says the remains appear to be several months old.

The body has not been identified. The cause of death is under investigation.

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