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A search is underway for a missing hiker from Charlotte who did not return from his hike on Saturday, according to a press release from Caldwell County.

Frank Senady, 67, was last seen entering the China Creek Trail in Blowing Rock around noon, wearing a red long sleeve shirt, khaki pants and a blue Patagonia hat.

The trail is extremely rugged, but Senady is an experienced hiker and it is believed he has some supplies with him.

The China Creek Trail begins at a marked trail head on Laurel Lane in Blowing Rock in the Pisgah National Forest and descends several hundred feet in elevation, ending on John Rivers Road, the release states.

Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue Chief Kent Graham said on Sunday morning that he was preparing to launch a full mountain rescue team along with a class of trainees. Air support from a wildlife helicopter will also be deployed.

Blowing Rock Police Department, Caldwell Emergency Management, Caldwell County Admin, Collettsville Fire and Rescue, Granite Falls Fire and Rescue, Linville Rescue and U.S. Park Rangers are involved in the search, according to the release.

Linville Rescue has provided a K9 team and Granite Falls Fire Department has provided a drone with thermal imaging capabilities.

If you have seen Senady, please contact the Blowing Rock Police Department at 828-295-5210.

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Jordan Hensley is the court reporter at the Hickory Daily Record. ​

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