Pennsylvania State Police found the body of a 56-year-old hiker who hadn’t been heard from for almost a week while hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Police said Michael Kaiser, of Newportville in Bucks County, was found dead late Thursday morning, Oct. 17, down a 30-foot embankment, just west of Bake Oven Knob, according to WFMZ.
Kaiser, who set out on the trail in Lehigh County last Friday, was reported missing Tuesday, Oct. 15, by his brother who became concerned because he hadn’t heard from him since Saturday, Oct. 12.
The 56-year-old texted his brother a photo of what looked like Bake Oven Knob on Saturday, state police said.
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, his vehicle was found near Bake Oven Road, but there was no sign of him.
Police said Kaiser, described as an expert hiker who would often hike for several days at a time, appeared to have fallen down the embankment.
Troopers from Bethlehem, Fogelsville, Frackville, and Lehighton barracks and other emergency responders searched the woods Thursday morning for any sign of Kaiser. The National Park Service assisted with recovering Kaiser’s body.
State police said there is no danger to the public.