Meth, Not Bear, Killed Man In Smokies

Posted at 3:32 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 15:32:23-05

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, Tenn. (WBIR) – A man found dead in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was not killed by a bear, but by an accidental meth overdose according to WBIR.

William Lee Hill, Jr, 30, was found dead off-trail in the park on Sept. 9, 2018. A bear had been feeding on Hill’s body and was still nearby.

The bear was eventually euthanized.

According to an autopsy, Hill died from an overdose of methamphetamines and not a bear attack.

Hill had been searching for ginseng in the park with a friend, and the two became separated.