Missing Arkansas hiker Clinton ‘Preston’ Smith, 67, found alive at Buffalo National River

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An Arkansas hiker has been found alive five days after he failed to return from a trail in the Buffalo National River, officials said Tuesday.

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The National Park Service (NPS) said Clinton “Preston” Smith, 67, was located near the river near Horseshoe Bend around noon Tuesday.

Rescuers found Smith “in good spirits” and assisted him at Kyles Landing Campground, the NPS said in a press release.

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Smith went missing on Thursday five days before setting out on the Hemmed-in-Hallow Trail in Buffalo National River. His family informed him about his disappearance on Friday evening after he did not return home as per schedule.

NPS teams and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office launched a search and rescue operation Saturday morning and campaigned for four days in Ponca Wilderness, officials said.

An Arkansas hiker, Clinton “Preston” Smith was found alive five days after failing to return from a trail in the Buffalo National River.
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A photo of National Park Service vehicles.
The National Park Service said the 67-year-old was located near the river near Horseshoe Bend.
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Teams conducted land and air searches and used tracking dogs throughout their efforts to locate the missing passenger. In all, nine agencies were involved in the search, and a civilian-led horse team.

Officials warned of steep and rough terrain in the Buffalo National River and said off-trail travel is often dangerous. The NPS advised the visitors to stay on the established paths to avoid injury and disorientation.

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