It might have "park" in the title, but National Parks are virtually wilderness, and have the same dangers as any other wilderness. The New York Post published this list about deaths and disappearances that have happened in National Parks.
Three unsolved disappearances have haunted the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for over four decades.
The first took place on June 4, 1969, when 6-year-old Dennis Martin was scheming with his brother and two other boys in the park’s Spence Field while on an annual family camping trip. They were planning to sneak up on their family and startle them. But when the boys ran and jumped on the adults, Dennis was nowhere to be found.
On Oct. 8, 1976, while on a horticulture field trip with 40 of her classmates, 16-year-old Trenny Lynn Gibson was hiking along Andrews Bald. No one can recall seeing her after 3 p.m. Searches continued for months, but no trace of Gibson was ever found.
Fifty-eight-year-old Thelma Pauline Melton was hiking near Deep Creek Campground, a trail she’d been on many times before, on Sept. 25, 1981. She was with friends when she walked ahead of them and vanished over a hill, but they couldn’t find her on the other side, nor could they find her at the campground where she was staying.
All three disappearances ignited massive search efforts (Dennis Martin’s cost $65,000), but not a single trace of them ever turned up.
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