Cleves woman missing in the Smoky Mountains
CLEVES, Ohio (WKRC) - A Cleves woman has been reported missing from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Rangers have been searching for Mitzie Sue "Susan" Clements since Tuesday evening.
Clements, 53, was hiking with her daughter on the Forney Ridge Trail, near Andrews Bald, when they separated. She was last seen that evening about a quarter mile from Andrews Bald.
"The daughter decided to hike ahead just a little bit. The plan was to turn around and just meet up with her. She did that. They weren't separated for very long, but when she turned around she couldn't find her mother,"Julena Campbell, a spokesperson for Great Smoky Mountains National Park said during an interview Thursday with WATE-TV.
Crews began to search for Clements that evening. On Wednesday, they expanded the search area and added people to help try to find her. Wednesday night, experienced searchers spent the night on the Appalachian Trail. In addition to looking for her, they interviewed hikers in the area.
"We're also not just looking for the individual, but we're also looking for clues. So, anything we know she has with her, any items of clothing or that sort of thing," Campbell said.
Clements works at the Metropolitan Sewer District of Cincinnati which released this statement:
Mitzi (Susie) Clements is an Accounting Tech in our Administration division. She started working at MSD last December. Mitzi was on vacation this week and was reported missing by her daughter after they were separated while hiking. If you have friends or family in the Cherokee, N.C. area, please encourage them to help with the search by contacting the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Everyone here at MSD is thinking about Mitzi and praying for her safe return.
Search and rescue teams continue to search.