07 June 2015

Missing hiker Jenny Bennett's car reportedly found at Porters Creek Trailhead in Great Smokies


Porters Creek Trail. (Photo from Meetup.com
Asheville Hiking Group)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers have reportedly found the car of missing hiker Jenny Bennett of Sylva, NC, who was reported missing after she failed to meet movers at her house on June 1. Her brother, Peter Bennett of Bozeman, Montana, believed that his sister had gone hiking in the Smokies on May 30 or 31 when she went missing.

GoSmokies.com blogger and avid hiker Mike Maples reported on GoSmokies that her car, possibly a red Subaru Impreza, has been found at the Porters Creek Trailhead Sunday night.

Peter Bennett reported in a blog post on GoSmokies.com that Bennett's landlord called him yesterday regarding his sister's whereabouts. "I received a call from her landlord in Sylva yesterday (Saturday, June 6) morning. The Jackson County Sheriff was there starting to do his investigation. She was supposed to meet the movers at her house in Sylva on Monday morning (June 1) to start her move north, but when the movers arrived she was not there. My sister in Massachusetts was expecting to see her on Wednesday, but Jenny did not arrive."

Bennett said he has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the National Park Service so that he can get information and was "waiting to hear from the search party." 

Jenny Bennett is a freelance editor and avid off-trail hiker who writes the hiking blog Endless Streams and Forests

Here is a link to the earlier post on her brother's report of Bennett going missing. MISSING HIKER.

Porters Creeek Trail map.

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