Great Smoky Mountains Park Rangers and the Blount Special Operations Response Team recovered the body of 59 year-old male, Jitendra Patel, of Roswell, GA from Abrams Creek at approximately 8:22 p.m. Patel, who was hiking with a group of friends, reportedly slipped into the water near Abrams Falls at approximately 12:10 p.m. Patel was last observed at the water’s surface at approximately 12:15 p.m. after friends attempted to pull him from the water.
Park rangers arrived at the scene at 2:08 p.m, but were unable to locate Patel. Divers with the Blount Special Operations Response Team responded to the scene at approximately 5:00 p.m. to lead the recovery effort.
The 2.5 mile hike to Abrams Falls begins from the Abrams Falls Trailhead, located at the far western end of Cades Cove. For more information about the area, please visit the park website at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/abrams-falls.htm.