Human remains found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are thought to be those of a man who went missing in the park this past March.
Park officials said Tuesday that park employees on Friday discovered items thought to belong to Michael Giovanni Cocchini, who disappeared in mid-March. The Nashville, Tennessee, man was last seen by friends at the Walmart in Sevierville on March 18. Rangers became suspicious when they noticed that a vehicle had been parked at a quiet walkway along Newfound Gap Road approximately 1 mile south of the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
On Saturday and Sunday searchers combed the area where clothing and other items consistent with those last seen on Mr. Cocchini were located. On Monday human remains were discovered in the area, but as of Tuesday had not been positively identified.
The remains are being sent to the medical examiner for analysis and possible identification.