- Associated Press - Friday, December 6, 2019

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) - The body of a Virginia man, missing for more than a month, was found Friday near the Thunder Ridge Overlook parking area off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

National Park Service Rangers received a call that a body was found near a hiking trail less than a mile away from the parking area in Bedford County, new outlets reported.

Rangers identified the body as James Albert Hogue, 63, of Bristow.

Authorities noticed Hogue’s unoccupied motorcycle in the parking area on Oct. 26. It’s not uncommon for vehicles to be left at overlook parking areas while owners hike, the Park Service said.

But after two days, authorities began searching for Hogue. His remains were found off a trail in a cluster of rocks, parkway spokeswoman Leesa Brandon said.

The cause of death is under investigation.

This is the 17th known fatality on the Blue Ridge Parkway this year, including medical incidents, falls, suicides and motor vehicle accidents, Brandon said.

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