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Body of Ohio hiker found on A.T.

The hiker found near the Appalachian Trail in Unicoi County the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 11, has been identified, according to local law enforcement officials.
In a phone interview on Tuesday, Oct. 14, Ronnie Adkins, investigator with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, said the victim was Karl William Potraz, 53, of Olmstead Falls, Ohio.
Adkins said Potraz was found by two other hikers lying in the Appalachian Trail on Unaka Mountain in the vicinity of Beauty Spot.
On Oct. 11, Sheriff Mike Hensley said authorities believed the man had left his car at a hostel near Roan Mountain in Carter County and was taxied to Unicoi County to hike. Adkins said authorities have confirmed that information.
“(The hostel) dropped him off on the trail so he could hike back to the hostel,” Adkins said.
Both Hensley and Adkins said no foul play was suspected in Potraz’s death at this time.
“But, an autopsy is being performed,” Adkins said.
Potraz’s body was sent to Quillen College of Medicine for the autopsy, the results of which are pending.