Body of crime suspect found in Smokies

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The body of a man wanted by local police was found just inside the Great Smoky Mountains' boundary near the city limits of Gatlinburg yesterday afternoon.

A Pigeon Forge Police Department canine unit found the body, later identified as that of Mark Christian, 45, of Lebanon, Tennessee. Pigeon Forge police were assisting the Gatlinburg Police Department in their ongoing search for Christian, who was wanted for unspecified reasons. The body was found at the base of a very steep slope along the north bank of Dudley Creek on the south side of U.S. 321, which investigators believe he may have attempted to climb. No weapon was found at the scene to indicate suicide and there was no immediate indication of foul play.


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