When a Tennessee outdoorsman disappears in a remote area on the outskirts of a national park, he leaves behind a loving family and a thriving business. Extensive search efforts fail to solve a mystery that unfolds in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
Michael “Mike” Hearon was 51 years old when he disappeared in August 2008. Despite extensive search efforts, no sign of Mike–beyond his abandoned ATV–has been found.
A screen shot from a WBIR news segment on Mike’s disappearance (link below) shows the Happy Valley, TN area where Mike disappeared from.
A Google Maps satellite image shows the Happy Valley, TN area. Bell Branch Road (where Mike’s farm property was located) is marked with a red indicator.
Blount County Sheriff’s Department personnel embark upon a horseback search for Mike days after his disappearance. Photo by Knoxville News Sentinel (source article linked below).