Man last seen near Linville Falls with hiking equipment remains missing

Man last seen near Linville Falls with hiking equipment remains missing
Dean Anthony Yelton (Source: Burke County Sheriff's Office)

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man is still missing after being dropped off in Burke County in late July with camping equipment.

Deputies say they are looking for 48-year-old Dean Anthony Yelton, who was last seen on July 31 when a friend dropped him off near Linville Falls off NC 105. Yelton reportedly had camping and hiking equipment with him.

Yelton, from Marion, is described as being around 5′7″ and 200 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Officials are seeking any information from anyone who may have been camping or hiking along Old NC 105 Linville Gorge area within the last three weeks.

If anyone had any contact with Yelton or saw any of the following items: Chainsaw, blue tarp, orange external with metal frame hiking backpack, small child’s “PJ Mask” backpack; please contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500.

It is believed that Yelton had these items while camping along Old NC 105.

“The Burke County Sheriff’s Office would like to verify that Mr. Yelton is okay and his current where-abouts,” deputies said.

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