Sister of Tennessee man found dead in Great Smoky Mountains National Park: 'Thank you all for your prayers'

The sister of a deceased Tennessee man whose body was recovered by rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park speaks out.
In social media posts, Analiese Evans said her brother, 23-year-old Bryce Evans, is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Tennessee National Guard.
She said on Instagram over the weekend the family wasn't sure why he went hiking alone.
"We want to thank you all for your prayers during this time and as the healing process begins," Analiese said.
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"We also want to thank the local authorities in Cherokee, NC and the US Park Service," she added.
WLOS reported Evans completed a summer internship at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte.
Views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are seen in Tennessee, the United States, on November 10, 2018. Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images
In a press release, the National Park Service (NPS) said Evans' body was found in a remote part of the park near Balsam Mountain, North Carolina.
Evans, of Knoxville, was reported missing by his family earlier this week.
TENNESSEE COLLEGE STUDENT, NATIONAL GUARDSMAN FOUND DEAD ON THE NORTH CAROLINA TRAIL IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
Evans' vehicle was found parked at the Great Smoky Mountains Balsam Mountain Trailhead near Pin Oak Gap on Heintooga Ridge Road Thursday evening.
Rangers closed the road and searched the immediate area with officers from the Cherokee Police Department and Fire Department.
The next day, Parks Service and Cherokee Police, Fire and Emergency Management Services continued to search the area.
Within hours, around 11:15 a.m. local time, Evans was spotted about 20 yards off the trail and about 1.5 miles from the Balsam Mountain Trailhead parking lot.
Views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are seen in Tennessee, the United States, on November 10, 2018. Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images
No further details were available.
A 7-year-old Georgia girl died in the park late last month after a tree fell on a tent.

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