Search crews from Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue, along with mutual-aid agencies, successfully located and evacuated 67-year-old Frank Sanady of Charlotte from the China Creek Trail area at 5:10 p.m. today.

Sanady entered the trail at approximately 12 noon on February 9th for a day hike. When Sanady did not return by early evening, Blowing Rock Emergency Services were notified and launched a search and recovery operation. Crews worked throughout the night attempting to locate Sanady. At approximately 11:30 a.m. today, Sanady was located by searchers. Sanady was uninjured but very fatigued.

Agencies assisting in the search and recovery efforts were:

  • Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue
  • Blowing Rock Police
  • Boone Police
  • Watauga County Emergency Management
  • Caldwell County Emergency Management
  • Collettsville Fire Department
  • Linville Central Rescue
  • Granite Falls Fire Department
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger
  • NC Park Service
  • NC Wildlife
  • NC Emergency Management
  • Jordan Nelson with Nelson Aerials