Dennis Martin, a six-year-old resident of Knoxville, was visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along with his father, grandfather and older brother on Father's Day weekend in 1969. The camping trip was a family tradition for the Martins.
The family hiked from Cades Cove to Russell Field and camped overnight. The next day, they hiked to Spence Field near the Appalachian Trail, where they planned to spend the night. Martin disappeared on June 14 at 4:30p, last seen by his father going behind a bush to hide, intending on surprising the adults with the other children from a separate family the Martin's were camping with.
After not seeing him for about five minutes and when all of the other children had returned to the camp site, his father became concerned and began searching for him. His father ran down the trail for nearly two miles, until he was sure he could not have gotten any farther. After several hours, they sought help from National Park Service rangers.
6 years old
Weight: 55 lbs.
Foul Play Suspected: Unknown / Undisclosed
Suspected Suicide: No
Cause of Death: Unknown / Unreported / Missing
Reported missing on June 14, 1969 - 19214 days, 20 hours, 5 minutes ago
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This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 979
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