Michael Cocchini: Missing from Great Smoky Mountains Park

Michael Giovanni Cocchini, 23, from Nashville, Tennessee is missing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Rangers noticed that a vehicle had been sitting in the parking lot since Sunday near Newfound Gap Road, the same area where Derek Lueking, 24, from Louisville, Tennessee is believed to be missing.

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Rangers began searching for Cocchini around 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, but did not find anything.  On Thursday rangers will have a larger search party and more dogs for a bigger search.

Investigators have said that Cocchini was despondent.

Cocchini is 6 feet tall, 160 pounds with short black hair and a scruffy beard.  He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt.  Rangers do not believe he has any gear for hiking or camping.

If you have any information about Cocchini please call the Part at 865-436-1230.

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