UPDATE: Park rangers find Timothy Cook in Great Smoky Mountains National Park  

UPDATED 5/17/24:

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Park rangers found 62-year-old Timothy Cook safe on May 17 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  

The park would like to thank those who participated in the search and rescue efforts to locate Cook and those that provided information to the Tip Line. 

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Park rangers are searching for a 62-year-old man near the Chimney Tops Overlook area of the park. Timothy Cook was last seen near the Chimney Tops overlook on Sunday, May 12 and his vehicle was found unoccupied in the Chimney Tops overlook parking area on May 14.  

Cook is a white male, with black hair, white beard and brown eyes. He is 5’10” tall and weighs 190 pounds.  

Anyone who saw Cook or has information about his whereabouts is asked to please contact us:

  • CALL the NPS Tip Line 888-653-0009
  • ONLINE go.nps.gov/SubmitATip 
  • EMAIL nps_isb@nps.gov
  • EMERGENCY dial 9-1-1 

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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