“Investigation Into Deceased Hiker Finds No Evidence Of Foul Play”

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Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Investigation into Deceased Hiker Finds No Evidence of Foul Play


The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has found no evidence or any other indication that Jonathan Michael McKenzie’s death was anything other than a tragic accident.

Interviews with the witness and preliminary results from the autopsy are all consistent with the original reported findings that the teenage hiker merely slipped on wet rocks and fell to his death.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is in the final stages of wrapping up the investigation which absent any further information will be classified as an accidental death.

Sheriff Rick Clark stated…

“Our hearts and prayers continue to be with Jonathan’s family and friends especially with the young lady who witnessed Jonathan’s fall on Sunday.  

 We encourage all hikers to stay on the designated trails and to always venture out with a partner in the event that you may need some assistance.  Registering with the park officials before you leave on your journey is critical for your safety and security.   

Jonathan attempted to follow most of the rules but many dangers exist in the wilderness and unfortunately we lost him at such an early age.”