Search for missing hiker in Pocket Wilderness in Rhea County

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DAYTON, Tennessee (WDEF) – There’s a major search going on in the Pocket Wilderness of Rhea county.

According to Investigator Rocky Potter of the Rhea county sheriff’s office, there are 6 teams looking for Curtis Dustin Williams of North Carolina, and his dog.

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They were hiking in the Laurel Snow State Natural Area northwest of Dayton.

Relatives say they haven’t heard from him since about 5 pm on Monday.

The Rhea county EMA is heading up the search, which now includes drones, and a flyover by state helicopters.

K-9’s have also been brought in.