Preliminary autopsy report indicates man found on Appalachian Trail died from cardiac arrest

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UPDATE: A preliminary autopsy report indicates that the man whose body was discovered on the Appalachian Trail on Monday died from cardiac arrest.

53-year-old David Ladley Swanson’s body was found about 2 p.m. Monday about 3.5 miles from Carvers Gap on Roan Mountain.

ORIGINAL STORY:

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Carter County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the body found on the Appalachian Trail Monday.

According to a post on the CCSO Facebook page, the body has been identified as David Ladley Swanson, 53, of North Carolina.

The post states that CCSO is “working to determine a cause of death.”

According to officials, the body was found about 2 p.m. Monday about 3.5 miles from Carvers Gap on Roan Mountain.

The corpse found at Carver’s Gap has been identified as 53-year-old David Ladley Swanson, a resident of North Carolina….

Posted by Carter County Tennessee Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

An autopsy has been ordered.

The investigation is ongoing.

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