Charlotte man brought to safety near Blowing Rock after he went missing on hike


A 67-year-old Charlotte man was rescued in western North Carolina Sunday, more than 24 hours after he set out on a Blowing Rock trail, according to Boone Police and Caldwell County officials.

Frank Senady started hiking on the China Creek Trail around noon Saturday, according to a news release.

The “extremely rugged” trail descends several hundred feet in elevation from Blowing Rock to Johns River Road, the news release said.

“Senady is said to be an experienced hiker and was thought to have some supplies,” the news release said, but when he didn’t reappear from the trail Saturday, at least eight agencies got involved in the search overnight.

Just after noon Sunday, the Boone Police Department tweeted that Senady had been located and was not injured.

But it took several more hours to bring him out of the woods due to bad weather and other factors, officials said.

Around 5:15 p.m. Sunday, a reporter for the local news station WCNC tweeted that Senady walked out of the woods assisted by rescuers, who helped him into a waiting ambulance.

Senady’s rescue was complicated because he was found “well off the trail” in a very rugged area, according to Boone police.

The weather in Blowing Rock was wet and cold Sunday afternoon, with rain and sleet possible, according to the National Weather Service. Senady could not be rescued by helicopter, according to Boone police.

When Senady did come out of the woods, he was “not injured but very tired,” according to the Observer’s news partner WBTV.

Jane Wester is a Charlotte native and has been covering criminal justice and public safety for The Charlotte Observer since May 2017.