Remains found near North Carolina campsite belonged to Illinois man

Posted at 12:11 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 12:11:04-04

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials have identified a man whose remains were found scattered near a campsite in the North Carolina portion of Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a bear lurked nearby.

News outlets report the remains belonged to 43-year-old Patrick Madura of Elgin, Illinois.

Rangers say his remains were found near Hazel Creek Trail after backpackers discovered an unoccupied tent on Friday and saw the remains “with a bear scavenging in the area." Rangers who responded to the call say they also saw a bear “actively scavenging on the remains” and euthanized the animal.