The body of an Ohio woman who went missing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last month has been recovered, authorities said Tuesday.
Mitzie Sue 'Susan' Clements went missing while hiking with her daughter near Clingmans Dome in North Carolina, on September 25.
Clements, 53, became separated from her daughter around 5pm a week ago, and was reported missing shortly after, park spokeswoman Julena Campbell said.
The body of Mitzie Sue 'Susan' Clements, 53, was found after she went missing September 25 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials said
Officials had scoured the immediate area throughout the night of September 25 but without success.
The following day they recruited a crew of experienced searchers to hunt for Clements and interview any potential witnesses.
The search group were faced with adverse weather including rain, wind and fog while they hunted for Clements in the densely wooded, mountainous park, which stretches across Tennessee and North Carolina.
Helicopters, drones and special canine teams were all employed during the search and telecommunications company Verizon brought in a portable cell tower as cellphone service in the area was extremely poor.
Satellite GPS units were used to mark which areas had already been searched, with more than 100 people from 45 agencies involved in looking for Clements.
Scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory took aerial photographs from a drone, assigned coordinates to each pixel, and searched the images for colors such as the gray in Clements' shoes.
Clements lived in Cleves, Ohio, about 16 miles northwest of Cincinnati. She had three daughters and was described as a 'wonderful mother'
Campbell, the park spokeswoman, said officials also consulted doctors looking for clues about the type of behavior Clements might exhibit under the circumstances.
'There's a lot that goes into managing a search, a lot of technology and psychological science as to what people do in these situations,' Campbell said Tuesday.
Clements lived in Cleves, Ohio about 16 miles northwest of Cincinnati.
She worked an