Search begins for second missing man in mountains

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