Missing in the Smokies: Derek Lueking

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Derek Lueking has been missing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 10 years.

The 23-year-old was last seen leaving a hotel in Cherokee, North Carolina on March 3, 2012. His car was found parked in the lower Newfound Gap lot on the border.

Lueking wore black sweatpants and white tennis shoes. He may have had a Realtree camo raincoat on and a small, dark-colored backpack.

Lueking was officially declared missing 14 days after he was last seen.

The description

Image courtesy of the National Park Service
  • Height: 5 feet, 11 inches
  • Mass: 220 pounds
  • Eye colour: green
  • Hair color: brown
  • Other: short beard

Lueking’s direction of travel from Newfound Gap is unknown.

Authorities say nearly 400 people go missing each year in Tennessee. That’s 5 people per 100,000. Check out this East Tennessee missing persons list to see if you can help locate anyone.

Anyone with information that can help find Lueking is asked to call the National Park Service Investigation Services at (888) 653-0009.

Lueking is one of many people missing in the Smoky Mountains.

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