Thursday, July 18

Officials with Great Smoky Mountains National Park seek information in man’s death

The National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB) is seeking information on the death of David Carver, Jr. whose body was found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on July 8, 2019. Carver was reported missing by a family member in early June.

ISB is seeking information on Carver’s death, including how Carver got to the park and what he was doing there. The public is asked to report any information about Carver through the means listed below. Anyone reporting information may choose to remain anonymous and monetary awards may be available for information that aids the investigation.

To report any information:

Call or text the tip line at 888-653-0009

Go to www.nps.gov/isb and click “submit a tip”

Send a message on Facebook to @InvestigativeServicesNPS

Send a message on Twitter to @SpecialAgentNPS

Send a message on Instagram to @SpecialAgent_NPS

Motorcycle accident on Blue Ridge Parkway responsible for 9th death this year

According to a park news release, a 73-year-old man from Texas was killed in a motorcycle accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The accident occurred on July 16 near milepost 168.4 in Virginia. Incident reports indicate that Ronald Campbell was traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway with his son-in-law, who noticed that Campbell was no longer following behind on his motorcycle. After the son-in-law failed to locate Campbell, he reported the man missing with the sheriff’s office. Campbell’s body and his motorcycle were eventually located about 30 feet down an embankment off of the parkway.

This is the second motorcycle-related death, and the ninth death overall, on the Blue Ridge Parkway this year. In 2018, the parkway experienced 20 fatalities, nearly half of which were motorcycle-related. 

Delta airlines eliminates $150 specialty sports bag fee

Bikers, surfers, and skiers take note. Delta airlines has announced that anyone traveling with oversized sports gear can now check the equipment as part of their standard baggage allowance, eliminating the $150 specialty sports bag fee. The new policy covers travel worldwide and goes into effect with tickets purchased on or after July 17, 2019. Instead of the hefty sports bag fee, customers will pay a first, second or third checked bag fee according to the bags allowed under their booking. Bikes and other sporting equipment must be properly boxed or bagged and fall under the standard 50 pound weight limit for checked luggage.

Delta is not the first major airline to remove the high baggage fee for sporting equipment. American and Alaskan Airlines have already eliminated the fee.