Final Autopsy Report Complete for Hiker Jenny Bennett

Photo Courtesy of the Sylvia Herald
Jenny Bennett, Hiker – Blogger Photo Courtesy of the Sylvia Herald

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials received the final autopsy report from the Sevier County Medical Examiner’s Office for Susan J. Bennett, known as Jenny, of Sylva, NC. Bennett was reported missing and discovered off trail by rangers in the Greenbrier area of the park above backcountry campsite 31 on June 8. The report concludes that Bennett died of environmental hypothermia due to cold exposure from partial submersion in Porter’s Creek.

Bennett was found in a sitting position in the creek with her head resting on rocks. According to the final autopsy report, she had bruises on her right hip and elbow consistent with a fall. However, she did not have any internal or musculoskeletal trauma. Bennett did have a toxic level of diphenhydramine concentration in her blood which is considered a significant contributing factor in her death and points towards an intentional overdose.

Bennett, age 62, was an avid hiker in the Smoky Mountains and maintained a blog about her trips. She was a member of the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club and often liked to hike off trail in the park.

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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