UPDATE: Knox County Man Reported Missing in the Park HAS BEEN FOUND

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers are searching for a Knox County man who was day hiking along the Middle Prong Trail yesterday in the Tremont area. Fred Braden Jr., age 56, of Powell, TN was reported missing at approximately 7:09 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27. Rangers have initiated containment efforts and a hasty ground search this morning with 12 members of the park’s Search and Rescue Team.  

Anyone hiking in the Middle Prong Trail area on Tuesday, October 27 may have helpful information and is requested to contact the park’s Emergency Communication Center at 865-436-1230.  

No additional details are available at this time. 

Download the Missing Person flyer below.

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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