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Medical examiner: Cardiac arrest killed man found near trail in Carter County

Johnson City Press • Updated Sep 3, 2019 at 4:59 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement at 4:30 p.m. saying that a medical examiner determined the cause of death of David Ladley Swanson to be cardiac arrest. Swanson’s body was found in the Roan Highlands, near the Appalachian Trail on Monday.

Reported earlier:

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department identified the body found near Carver’s Gap as that of 53-year-old David Ladley Swanson, a North Carolina man.

Thomas Gray, public information officer for the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, released the information in a press release around 2 p.m. “We are working to determine a cause of death, and the investigation is ongoing at this time,” Gray said in the release.

According to Gray, Ladley’s family was found and notified of his death.

Reported earlier: 

ROAN MOUNTAIN — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the discovery of a body found at the top of the Roan Highlands at 2 p.m. Monday.

A department press release reported the investigators are “working to determine the man’s identity and what caused his death.” The body was transported to Quillen College of Medicine for autopsy.

Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said the body was found about 3 miles from Carver’s Gap. The area is a popular spot for hiking, and usually has a lot of visitors on the weekends and holidays.

The Search and Rescue Team of the Carter County Rescue Squad recovered the body from the mountain. The team used all-terrain vehicles to reach and transport the body to an ambulance waiting at Carver’s Gap.

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