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    NC - Julie Hays, 49, Haywood County, 20 Sept 2015

    The Haywood County, NC sheriff’s office reports 49-year-old Julie Ann Hays, a local Assistant District Attorney, has been missing since Saturday after she left for a hike.

    Family members say Hays left her home in Jonesborough, TN Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. for a day hike on the Art Loeb Trail near Cold Mountain – that’s located in the Shining Rock Wilderness area.

    Authorities say Hay’s car was found parked at the trailhead on the Little East Fork. She left a note on her car stating that be began her hike at 10:00 a.m.

    Her husband reported her missing after she did not return home late Saturday evening.
    http://wjhl.com/2015/09/21/washingto...in-western-nc/
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    I have some questions about this one.

    I find it odd that this woman would go on a day hike by herself. And if she wanted to hike alone, I find it doubly odd that she'd drive two hours to go for a hike rather than to go for a hike somewhere closer to her home.

    If she was really set on hiking in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area, surely she told someone else about her interest in doing so. Did she?

    I'd like to know if the husband can account for his whereabouts that day and if anyone saw Julie Ann in the park.

    I suppose it's possible that she could have gone there to commit suicide, but then it seems odd that she'd leave the note saying she was going for a hike.

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    The note is somewhat odd to me as well.
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    Google search for "hiking trails near Jonesborough, TN." (Which is a gorgeous area!)

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Jone...esborough%20tn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kip View Post
    I have some questions about this one.

    I find it odd that this woman would go on a day hike by herself. And if she wanted to hike alone, I find it doubly odd that she'd drive two hours to go for a hike rather than to go for a hike somewhere closer to her home.

    If she was really set on hiking in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area, surely she told someone else about her interest in doing so. Did she?

    I'd like to know if the husband can account for his whereabouts that day and if anyone saw Julie Ann in the park.

    I suppose it's possible that she could have gone there to commit suicide, but then it seems odd that she'd leave the note saying she was going for a hike.
    I find the note odd myself?

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    Id like to know the last time anyone saw her before this 10am trip and who that was? Besides the Husband.

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    I do like hiking and it is peaceful going alone, however the distant to me is odd
    Don't mind the misspellings.

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    I enjoy hiking too but there is no way my husband would let me drive 2 hours away to go hiking for the day alone. Heck I wouldn't want to do that alone either.

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    Was the note a normal security precaution for hiking? I don't know but we do often on WS talking about taking safety precautions.

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    I'm thinking a lot of hikers and joggers leave a note on their car.


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    http://www.backpacker.com/survival/p...a-backup-plan/
    Sign a Trail Register or Leave a Dashboard Note

    Before search and rescue (SAR) teams look for a lost hiker, they try to find the victim’s car. Locating it (and the trailhead where it’s parked) can narrow their search box.

    Even better is when lost hikers leave details about their upcoming trip in a trail register. Many trailheads feature registers—usually a wooden box or kiosk containing a scratchy pen and a soggy notebook.

    Hikers are asked to record basic information like start date, the number of hikers in a party, campsites, and their expected return date.
    If no trail registry is available, a second option is to leave a note on the dashboard of your parked car.
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    I would drive 2 hours alone to hike alone, and I'd leave a note. Just sayin... there are women who do this, for certain. And my husband would know exactly that. Which I imagine would make it easy for him to stage an accident for me. Yikes! =)
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    http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/law-...tream&lp=3&p=1

    Missing ADA, Julie Hays, described as warm, caring, humble

    Family friend Teresa Cocke spoke to Hays’ mother, Fern White, and sister, Joannna Mullins, who both said they feel Hays has the knowledge to take care of herself in the wilderness.
    “She used nature to be able to think and relax,” Cocke said. “She usually took her dog with her, but she didn’t this time.”
    (that bothers me)

    and

    No one knows why, but it could be the skill level of the trail Hays chose to hike on Saturday. According to the U.S. Forest Service website, the Art Loeb trail skill level is listed as difficult. A spokesperson at the scene said the mountainous terrain has been challenging for searchers.
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    I concur, not taking her dog is a bit troubling. BUT, if she knew this hike was more "difficult" than pooch usually managed, that may be why.

    Trying to find the hope here for this lovely woman.
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    I don't hike. I walk some trails or bike some occasionally. Those trails are at what a "real" hiker or bicyclist would call amateur. I do it alone sometimes and I'd say to my hubby...going to such and such for a walk or to bike.
    I imagine it is different when you are an actual hiker.....is Julie an "actual" hiker? Sounds like it.
    Don't know what to think!
    All IMO.

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