Hiker found alive after going missing on Arkansas trail

(Newton County Sheriff’s Department via KY3)

HORSESHOE BEND, Ark. (AP) — A Louisiana man who was reported missing while hiking in the Ozark Mountains has been found alive after a four-day search, officials said.

Clinton Preston Smith, 67, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was found “in good spirits” at about noon Tuesday, according to a statement from the Buffalo National River, which is part of the National Park Service.

He had been reported missing on Oct. 27 after he failed to return home from a hike on a trail near the Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas, officials said. Crews found Smith near the river in the area of Horseshoe Bend, which is about 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Little Rock.

Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said Smith was sore, hungry and dehydrated but did not appear to have any serious injuries, Springfield, Missouri, TV station KY3 reported.