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Police Call Off Search for Missing Hiker in Nelson County

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A search for a missing hiker in Nelson County has now been called off.  Authorities haven't found any clues after searching all Tuesday and much of Monday.

More than 35 people have been searching on and off since Monday night for an unidentified hiker.  But with no new information, that search was called off shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The search took place in the town of Tyro, southwest of Wintergreen on the Appalachian Trail.

The sheriff's office says a fisherman heard a call for help over his two-way radio Monday afternoon, saying a man had fallen off a path on the trail.  But investigators haven't heard or seen anything since. 

Rescue workers say this is one of the most dangerous parts of the trail, which spans from Georgia to Maine.

Eddie Embrey with Nelson County Emergency Services said, "It's in these areas, The Priest and the Three Ridges area that we normally have the most problems with people either getting lost on a side trail or getting injured due to rain."

Crews from area fire departments, state police, and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have all been searching.  They've also called in dogs and horses, but still have no clues.

Investigators say the initial call came from a reliable source and they don't think this is a hoax.  But they say with no sign of anything or even a name, they had little choice but to call off their search efforts.

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