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Man dies hiking Appalachian Trail near Elizabethton

By Julie Newman
Published On: May 16 2013 09:37:28 PM CDT
Updated On: May 16 2013 04:08:53 PM CDT
CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. -

A man hiking The Appalachian Trail near Elizabethton, Tennessee has died.

Carter County Police say 71-year-old George Walls Grant from Collie, West Australia fell ill while hitchhiking to a marquee on Monday.

A motorist noticed Grant was having a medical problem and took him to the nearest rescue squad station.

He was then taken to a hospital emergency room where he was pronounced dead.

Police believe he was traveling the world to hike.

We’re told there appears to be no foul play in Grant's death.