A Bucks County man who went missing on the Appalachian Trail was found dead early Thursday afternoon.
The body of Michael Kaiser, 56, was found on Thursday in an area of the trail in Andreas, Schuylkill County.
"In the area of Bear Rocks, approximately 30 feet down an embankment. [There is] no danger to the public at this point," said Trooper Nathan Branosky, Public Information Officer and Community Service Officer for Pennsylvania State Police Troop M.
Kaiser entered the trail by Route 309 in Lynn Township, Lehigh County at an unknown time on Friday, October 11th.
He was reported missing on Tuesday after his family had not heard from him since Saturday, October 12th, when he sent his brother a cell phone photo of terrain similar to that of Bake Oven Knob.
Police found Kaiser's pick-up truck Wednesday in the vicinity of Bake Oven Road in Germansville.
Numerous state and local authorities set out to search for Kaiser early Thursday morning. The search turned into a recovery when his body was discovered a few hours later.
"He was found in a challenging area and obviously safety measures are foremost at this point," said Trooper Branosky.
Police say Kaiser was an avid and expert hiker. A family friend released a statement to media shortly after the body was found.
"The family of Michael Kaiser is deeply saddened to announce his tragic death from a hiking accident. The family would like to thank all that volunteered, shared social media posts and helped out in the search. Michael loved this area, this is a good place. The family asks that you please respect their privacy at this time," said Suzanne Goss.
The Schuylkill County coroner was on scene Thursday afternoon.
Police have not yet said when Kaiser may have died or how exactly it happened. His death remains under investigation.