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Park rangers searching for missing man near Deep Creek

missing person flyer shows 69 year old man with brown hair and blue eyes

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News Release Date: April 27, 2023

Contact: Emily Davis, 865-440-0066

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers are searching for a 69-year-old man in the Deep Creek area of the park. Gordon Kaye from Tampa, FL was last seen in the lower loop of Deep Creek Campground on Saturday, April 22. His family reported him missing yesterday, April 26.

Kaye is a white male, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5’10” tall and weighs 200+ pounds. He may be suffering from a mental health crisis.

Anyone who saw Kaye or has information about his whereabouts is asked to please contact Great Smoky Mountains National Park Dispatch at 865-436-1230 or Swain County Dispatch at 828-488-2196.



Last updated: April 27, 2023

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