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HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. – North Carolina authorities confirmed late Tuesday that the body of a missing hiker was found earlier in the day in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of the Pisgah National Forest.

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Haywood County Emergency Management officials told WSPA the body of 27-year-old Chad Seger was found in an off-trail area near the Art Loeb Trail.

Seger was last seen on Oct. 12 in the park’s Black Balsam area, and Haywood County Emergency Management spokeswoman Allison Richmond told WYFF that it is too early to determine his cause of death.

Seger, an Asheville resident, was in good physical health and familiar with the area in which he was hiking, WSOC reported.

A friend of Seger’s, and fellow U.S. Marine Corps. veteran, reached out to that community Monday morning to ask for assistance in the search, the TV station reported.

“We consider each other family, and when stuff like this kind of happens like a brother or sister in arms goes missing or is hurting or something, as a veteran community, we should obviously come together and help them through whatever is going on,” Charles Jungnick stated in his plea.

More than 400 searchers and support staff from multiple agencies in five states were involved in the search for Seger, WSPA reported.