Remains scavenged by bear near Great Smoky Mountains National Park campsite belong to Illinois man

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, N.C. -- 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.
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