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Body recovered from Little River

The body of a 72-year-old man was recovered from Little River in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after somebody reported seeing it approximately a mile west of Metcalf Bottoms, at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 9. 

Rangers, along with Gatlinburg EMS/Fire, discovered the body of Bybee, Tennessee resident Charles Queen, and a technical swiftwater team recovered it for release to the Sevier County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

No witnesses have been identified to the events leading up to Queen’s death, and there were no obvious signs of foul play. An autopsy will be performed to determine the time and cause of death. A vehicle registered to Queen was found in a pull-out about 600 feet upriver, along a steep embankment. 

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