Haywood Co. crews suspend search for missing hiker until Sunday morning

By | October 17, 2020

HAYWOOD COUNTY, NC (FOX Carolina) – The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man who was last known to have been hiking.

According to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, 27-year-old Chad Segar of Asheville was last seen on Oct. 12 in the Black Balsam area of Pisgah National Forest. 

A flyer from The AWARE Foundation indicated that Segar struggles with mental health, including severe paranoia that he is without medication for. He’s a Marine veteran, described as standing at 6 feet tall and weighing between 150-160 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes, but it’s not known what clothes he was wearing when he went missing.

An update shared by Allison Richmond with Haywood County Emergency Services indicated that search efforts Saturday concluded around 7 p.m. with no sign of Seger. Crews plan to resume at first light Sunday morning, with an expanded search planned. Saturday’s efforts involved multiple local agencies and a helicopter from the NC State Patrol.

Command post for Seger search

Command post for search for Chad Seger

Anyone with information on Seger’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Haywood Co. Sheriff’s Office at (828)-452-6666. However, you’re asked to stay away from Blue Ridge Parkway stretching from Hwy. 276 near 215; the search is centered in that area, and heavy traffic congestion is making search efforts difficult.

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