Michael Shawn Hartley Missing – Update: What happened to missing Avery County man

Michael Shawn Hartley Missing – Body found – Death – Obituary – Authorities said a body has been discovered in Mitchell County.

According to report the Mitchell County Police said a man’s body has been found in Beaver Creek.

The body that was found was said to be that of missing 48-year-old Michael Shawn Hartley, who has been missing since 6 October.

His body was found by the Mitchell County Sheriff’s deputies in Beaver Creek, below the Spruce Pine watershed, on October 21st.

Earlier : Michael Hartley and a friend were in Spruce Pine to dig ginseng. then It began to rain and the two men got separated.

The friend went home and the 48-year-old man continued walking through the mountains.

Michael’s family filed a missing persons report around the 15th and since he was last seen in Mitchell County.

Mitchell deputies began checking his cell phone records. According to Mitchell County Deputy Josh Sparks it takes several days to go through the process of getting an order from a judge to search his cell records.

On the 21st deputies had received the information and were able to search and find Mr. Michael.

The police said there is no immediate cause of death, An autopsy is being performed.