A 21-year-old UNC Charlotte student died Saturday in a hiking accident at Stone Mountain State Park.
Park rangers found Jordan Slusher at the base of Stone Mountain, which lies in Wilkes and Alleghany counties, said Charlie Peek, the public information officer for the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. We have nothing to lead us to think that it was anything other than an accident, Peek said.
Slusher had been with two friends while hiking. He went missing around noon Saturday, Peek said, and was found about 4:30 p.m.
He was a very active student, said Jeff Baker, the chief of police of UNCC. I know he was highly thought of by a lot of people, and a lot of folks knew him on campus.
Baker said arrangements for a memorial at UNCC have not been made.
According to Slushers Facebook page, he graduated from Belmonts South Point High School in 2009 and was on track to graduate from UNC Charlotte next year with a major in religious studies. He was active in the on-campus church group Ratio Christi, was a Student Alumni Ambassador and a part of the University Honors Program.
Slusher just celebrated his 21st birthday May 17. McLean Funeral Directors in Belmont will handle the funeral, but the family had not made plans as of Sunday, the funeral home said.