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Authorities Find Body of Illinois Man Who Drowned in Smokies National Park

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Authorities say they have found the body of a man who drowned in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

A news release from the park says 25-year-old Yogesh Patel of Oak Forest, Illinois was found Tuesday afternoon.

Park officials say he was discovered in 18 feet of water in Midnight Hole by rescue divers and was removed by emergency response workers that afternoon.

Officials say Patel went missing the previous evening after reports that he fell in the water at Midnight Hole and was observed struggling, but bystanders were unsuccessful in their attempts to pull him out.

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