Outdoor Updates: Hiker Found Dead on PA Hiking Trail Ruled Homicide

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Death of woman found on PA hiking trail in 2016 ruled a homicide

The Cambria County, PA coroner’s office has ruled the death of a 26-year-old woman found on the Honan Avenue hiking trail in Johnstown, PA to be a homicide. Hikers found the body of Kaylene Roedel of Blairsville on August 7, 2016. The coroner said the state of Roedel’s body made it difficult to determine how Roedel died and national experts had to be called in to assist in making a ruling.

Anyone with information about the death of Kaylene Roedel is asked to call the Johnstown Police Department or contact them through their new tip line by dialing tip411.

National Christmas tree shortage caused by drought shouldn’t affect NC selection

Farmers in North Carolina say that a national Christmas tree shortage won’t affect the state and they have plenty of trees to meet demand. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture reports that NC Christmas tree famers have harvested 4 million trees and expect to sell 1 million. Although demand is higher than in years past and the selling window between Thanksgiving and Christmas is shorter, the cost of trees will remain the same.

High temperatures during harvest season a few years back killed thousands of trees in some northern states. In major Christmas tree producing states like Oregon, Michigan and Missouri, the 2008 recession combined with hot weather and excessive rainfall lead to a smaller harvest and the national shortage. 

Cows that washed ashore at Cape Lookout National Seashore after Hurricane Dorian return home

For those of you following the saga of the cows that went missing from Cedar Island during Hurricane Dorian and showed up at Cape Lookout National Seashore a month later—there’s some happy news to report. Cape Lookout National Seashore recently shared on their Facebook page that the three stray cows were returned home after swimming three or four miles across Core Sound during the hurricane (this time they took a ferry.)

“That they were happy to return home was evident as they kicked up their heels and ran down the beach once they were released on their former range on Cedar Island,” Cape Lookout National Seashore said in their Facebook post. “It took a lot of folks coming together to make this happen, and we are happy the cows made it home to Cedar Island,” added Cape Lookout National Seashore Superintendent Jeff West. 

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