UPDATE: HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. — The family of the New Jersey man found after four nights missing in the Smokies is thanking the crews for their search.

Kevin Lynch, 58, has dementia and is recovering in the hospital.

Rescue teams found him in what they called fair condition Wednesday afternoon. He was less than a mile from where he had been seen last.

Park officials said Lynch responded when the searchers called out his name. 

Lynch was last seen Saturday near the park boundary at The Swag Resort in Haywood County, North Carolina.

Read more on WBIR's website.


PREVIOUS: Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue set out just before 4:00 a.m. Monday to an area near the Great Smoky's National Park for a cave rescue call.

WBIR in Knoxville reports rangers are searching for a 58-year-old man near the Cataloochee Divide Trail in Haywood County, North Carolina.

The park said Kevin Mark Lynch was last seen at the Swag Resort along the boundary of the park at 3:20 p.m. on Saturday. It said Lynch has mild dementia and may be confused about his location.

If you have seen Lynch or have any information, please contact the park’s Emergency Communications Center at 865-436-1230.

The park is also looking for people who may have been hiking on the Cataloochee Divide Trail after 3:00 p.m. yesterday or have any information regarding the individual after this time period.

Approximately 30 searchers from the National Park Service, Haywood County Search and Rescue, and other partner organizations are in the area Sunday looking for Lynch both on and off the trail. He was not carrying any equipment at the time of his disappearance.

The park said the photo above was taken of Lynch on the day he was last seen. Lynch was wearing a brown colored shirt and hat.

Read more of this story on WBIR's website.