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*** ALERT *** APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER FOUND!

*** ALERT *** APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER FOUND!

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by BackpackingLight.com Staff | 2009-04-30 10:04:00-06

*** ALERT *** APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER FOUND!

UPDATE 5/2/09 4:07 PM:

KEN KNIGHT WAS FOUND TODAY AND WALKED OUT UNDER HIS OWN STEAM.  HE IS AT THE HOSPITAL AND MORE DETAILS WILL LIKELY FOLLOW ONCE WE HAVE THEM.  -Addie Bedford


Name
: Ken Knight
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 180-200 lb
Point Last Seen: Punchbowl Mountain on the Appalachian Trail in VA
Time Last Seen: Sunday, April 26, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Unique Characteristics: wearing a dry-bag style backpack with a bright orange packbag, hiker is vision-impaired.

If you have info, please contact us: publisher@backpackinglight.com.

Photo above taken Wednesday, April 22 on the Appalachian Trail.


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"*** ALERT *** APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER FOUND!," by BackpackingLight.com Staff. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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KEN KNIGHT IS MISSING ON APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN VA
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Mark Myers
(n4kss) - F
Ken Knight search on 05/01/2009 15:32:23 MDT Print View

Hello, I live about 11 air miles from where Ken was last seen.
I am a life member of the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club.
I am also a VA SAR resource along with Rob who posted earlier.
I will be leaving shortly to go to a planning session tonight for planning out tomorrows search efforts. Be assured skilled searchers are out there now and all night long tonight. I was wondering if there are any well known areas that people commonly leave the trail for mail, groceries, food, lodging, bus etc and if any of them are in this area. I live near Snowden where 130 and the parkway cross.
Mark
Twitter @idrankwhat

Jocelyn Dawn
(JocelynDawn) - F

Locale: BuenaVista, Glasgow
RE: Mark Myers on 05/01/2009 15:38:35 MDT Print View

Quite a few through-hikers leave the trail where it crosses RT.501 and head into Glasgow for groceries and lodging; there are a couple of small grocery stores, and a family owned restaurant/motel (if they're still in open). There used to be Greyhound service through there but I don't believe there's a pick-up there any more.

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Story has hit Associated Press on 05/01/2009 17:14:28 MDT Print View

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-va-missingappalachia,0,6599856.story

Google News Search info: http://news.google.com/news?um=1&ned=us&cf=all&ncl=1344242265

Ron Bell
(mountainlaureldesigns) - F - M

Locale: USA
Re: KEN KNIGHT IS MISSING ON APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN VA on 05/01/2009 18:48:59 MDT Print View

I was on the search last night and all day today. Here is a very general update - I don't have specifics on clues, etc.

It is a very robust SAR operation with at least 150 people there and over 35 teams went on over 50 separate search missions today. I met teams from as far as Maryland. Teams include multiple dogs teams , horses, ATV's, MTB's and many foot teams.

Even the commo set up has a radio relay airplane on station overhead almost all day long- necessary due to the many areas between mtns and narrow drainages.


The area is large and the terrian is challenging. Weather has been very good in this area for most all week.

Brenda T,
(Brenda) - F
Pulaski, Va resident on 05/01/2009 18:55:02 MDT Print View

Greg, I hope for everyone who loves him they find your brother OK and please try to remain positive. Maybe he only slipped somewhere and dropped that phone! It is wet and the ground slippery. If so and he dropped it when he slip down something and cannot find it, I bet he's sitting by a brook (they're everywhere with all the rain), waiting for the calvary...and very unhappy his phone is missing :>)

It's on local news stations, so you'll be receiving local volunteers familiar with the area as well as the professionals/law enforcement. They will find your brother.

peter goddard
(mr.grumpy) - F
Ken Knight on 05/01/2009 23:07:19 MDT Print View

We met Ken last year when he came across the pond to take part in The Great Outdoors Challenge. He is due to be with us again this year, the event starts next Friday (8th May) so we are all hoping the search is successful and you can get him posted across to us express so he can join us again. We'll keep watching this site for up to date information and we will be wishing you well in your endeavors.

Ryan Knowles
(saintirish) - F
Would like to help in the search on 05/01/2009 23:52:40 MDT Print View

I live in Lynchburg and would possibly be able to help out in the search some this weekend. How do I find someone who could direct me to specific areas that would be good to search, if indeed they are asking for people to help at all (I assume the more people searching the better his chances)??

Stephen White
(LittleNice) - F
KEN KNIGHT MISSING ON AT on 05/02/2009 04:22:41 MDT Print View

I send all of my love, support, and prayers to Ken and his family. I, just like every other person on here, really hopes Ken is okay, and that he'll be found very soon.

Much peace, love, and respect to Ken and all of you awesome SAR team members. Bring 'em home boys! Can't wait to here his amazing story about this one :)

Mike Maurer
(maurer) - F - M

Locale: Oregon
Re: Would like to help in the search on 05/02/2009 06:48:34 MDT Print View

Ryan Knowles,

The command post for the search has been set up at Otter Creek Campground at Milepost 60.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in VA. You could go there and be directed on how to help.

Mike Maurer

DJ Muller
(Rogue) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Re: KEN KNIGHT IS MISSING ON APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN VA on 05/02/2009 08:36:50 MDT Print View

Though I don't know Ken, the outpouring of goodwill is amazing. Know there are people in Oregon holding Ken in our thoughts and prayers. To the Searchers~Godspeed To Ken I can't wait to read about your adventure when they find you, because find you they will.

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Re: KEN KNIGHT IS MISSING ON APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN VA on 05/02/2009 09:41:35 MDT Print View

I'm thinking of you constantly Ken. I feel helpless over here in Washington but I'm glad to know we have so many friends that are tracking you down. You're such a resourceful and inspirational guy- I know you've got this one and like others, I know this is going to turn into one of your great podcasts or videos after you get home safely.

With love,
Doug

matthew sweeney
(andykaren) - F
Ken on 05/02/2009 11:27:46 MDT Print View

I meet ken on AT in 03. God bless him

Aussie

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Ken Knight on 05/02/2009 11:55:30 MDT Print View

Thoughts-prayers and hope to all involved in finding Ken!!

-Jay

Tom Gantert
(tomgantert) - F
Ann Arbor News reporter Tom Gantert looking to contact people who know Ken on 05/02/2009 13:36:43 MDT Print View

Hi,
My name is Tom Gantert. I am a reporter from The Ann Arbor News.
I am trying to contact people who know Ken for a story we are doing. My number is 734 994 6701. My email is tgantert@aa-news.com
Thanks

James Stinnett
(fatherof6) - F
Ken Knight on 05/02/2009 13:52:52 MDT Print View

I live south of Amherst Co. in Lynchburg, VA. I have spoken with Wendy White concerning volunteering to assist in the search effort for Ken. There is no need for volunteers at this time. I will assit in any way I can. If there are others out there that want to assist in the effort as the week progresses and there are fewer SAR personnel on the trails? Please contact me here or at jstinnett@cvfcu.com.

My prayers are with Ken, his family, friends, SAR and co-workers.

Don Wilson
(don) - MLife

Locale: Koyukuk River, Alaska
Updated info on search for Ken Knight on 05/02/2009 14:05:31 MDT Print View

Here is some updated info on the search for Ken. Alan Dixon and Ryan Jordan are on sight and helping with the search. They are sending updates or requests for information when they can - cell phone coverage is poor. I will post more information as I receive it from Ryan or Alan. We hope that it might spur some connection with another person who may have seen Ken. And of course there are many of us very concerned and eager to know how it is going.

Point last seen data (previously posted here) has been removed because it may have been incorrect. I will post again as I learn more from the field.

Please continue to actively share this information.


EDITED to remove point last seen data.

Edited by don on 05/02/2009 15:23:50 MDT.

Paul Potts
(paulrpotts) - F
Ken Found! (Unconfirmed) on 05/02/2009 15:51:30 MDT Print View

Per @brbuchanan on Twitter, Ken has been found alive!

No other info yet.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
KEN KNIGHT IS MISSING ON APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN VA on 05/02/2009 15:57:15 MDT Print View

Hopefully we'll hear confirmation (one way or another) soon! In the meantime, I'm continuing fervent prayers!

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Ken Found! (Unconfirmed) on 05/02/2009 15:57:22 MDT Print View

Ryan Jordan's Twitter says the same. Waiting for details now.

jim bailey
(florigen) - F - M

Locale: South East
live from va on 05/02/2009 16:00:59 MDT Print View

Ken has been found, confirmed