Jenny Bennett Is Missing

Well known Smoky Mountains author and off-trail hiker Jenny Bennett is missing.

She was scheduled to move to Vermont on June 1, 2015, but has not been seen.

She evidently went for one last hike in the Smokies on Saturday, May 30 or Sunday, May 31 and did not return. The movers arrived at her house on Monday, June 1 and she was not there. She has not been seen or heard from since.

All readers of Jenny’s blog in the NC / TN area please let everyone she knew know about this. It is imperative that we try to locate her as soon as possible. If you know where she might have gone, or if you see her car (red Subaru), please contact the Jackson County, NC Sheriff (828) 586-8901.

Thank you!


Update June 8, 2015 @ 6:00 AM: Jenny Bennett’s car was located early evening last night. Search and rescue operations to begin at first light this morning.


Update June 8, 2015 @ 11:00 AM: Jenny’s brother Peter Bennett has reported, “A body has been found that matches Jenny’s description in the area that they were looking for her. A team of investigators is being sent in to positively identify the body and determine what happened.”

Closer to confirmation.


Update June 8, 2015 @ 7:30PM Investigators have ruled out any type of animal attack or foul play.


Update June 9, 2015 @ 4:30PM Body of hiker found in Smokies identified


Update June 10, 2015 @ 2:30PM Big boots to fill: Beloved backcountry trailblazer dies during solo hike


Update August 31, 2015 Autopsy: Well-known hiker died of hypothermia in Smokies


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