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National Park Service

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY — National Park Service dispatchers received a report from a park visitor of a body near an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Saturday, Oct. 9, at approximately 1:14 p.m.

Law enforcement rangers responded to the scene and located a deceased male at 1:19 p.m., below Yadkin Valley Overlook at milepost 289.8.

Cause of death is unknown, and an investigation is underway led by NPS Investigative Services Branch with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, according to NPS. 

"The body discovered along the Blue Ridge Parkway on Saturday, Oct. 9, is part of an ongoing investigation," said FBI Public Affairs Specialist Shelley Lynch in a statement. "At this time, there is no evidence to connect, or any reason to believe, it is related to the search for fugitive Brian Laundrie."

In an update on Monday, Oct. 11, the NPS announced that "preliminary information gathered by investigators does not suggest any ongoing concern for public safety, or that this investigation is related to any other ongoing investigations."

No further details are available at this time.

Moss Brennan contributed reporting to this story. 

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