LYNN TWP., Pa. - The search for a missing hiker ended in tragedy Thursday.

"Anything happens here, it happens fast. If you fall here it's hard to get you out," said hiker Jamie Slotter.

That's a grim reality for hiker Michael Kaiser. The body of the 56-year-old lower Bucks County man was found early Thursday afternoon down a 30-foot embankment along the Appalachian Trail in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

"Physically and mentally he was in good shape but unfortunately an event happened of some sort and is now deceased," said PSP Trooper Nathan Branosky.

Police say Kaiser was an experienced hiker who would often be in the woods for days at a time.

An estimated 3 million people hike parts of the 2,200-mile, 14-state trail each year. Kaiser set out Friday near Bake Oven Knob.

He texted a picture of the area to his brother the following day but when the father of four didn't show for work Monday his family got worried. His truck was found Wednesday near Bake Oven Road, but there was no sign of Kaiser.

Police and search and rescue crews scoured the area, including hikers Jamie Slotter and Peter Snyder.

"Hikers are a tight knit group, we are here to help. It's very rocky, if it's raining, rocks are slippery, it's tough," Slotter said.

Kaiser's family says he loved the area and thanked all those who came to help.

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