Search begins for second missing man in mountains

Search begins for second missing man in mountains (Image 1)

GATLINGBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have begun a search for a missing Nashville man.

The search for Michael Giovanni Cocchini began late Tuesday as park personnel continued a search begun earlier for Derek Leuking of Blount County.

Park spokesman Bob Miller said in a news release that Cocchini was last seen by friends at a Sevierville Walmart Sunday afternoon. The 23-year-old Cocchini was staying in Gatlinburg.

He is described as being 6 feet tall, weighing 160 pounds and having short black hair and a scruffy beard. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt and light tennis shoes with blue stripes.

Rangers became suspicious when they noticed a vehicle had been parked since Sunday near the Sugarland Information Center.

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