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Australian hiker of Appalachian Trail dies in Carter County

NET News Service • May 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A hiker on the Appalachian Trail from Australia died in Carter County this week.

Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said the hiker was George Walls Grant, 71, from Collie, Western Australia.

“He appeared to be a hiker who traveled the world to hike,” Mathes said after examining Grant’s passport.

The sheriff’s department said Grant had been hiking the trail and had been picked up by a motorist near the section of the trail where it crosses U.S. 321 at Shooks Branch Recreation Area.

Read more at the Johnson City Press.

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