(CNN) — To catch a killer on the way to national park status.
That’s the challenge facing the National Park Service, which wants the public’s help in solving the cold case of a man found dead on a remote Blue Ridge Parkway bridge last year.
Jean Mackie Clayton, 63, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, had been missing since April 2011, the National Park Service said.
Her body was found on April 16, 2013, on a bridge in Henderson County, North Carolina, according to a news release. Her death has been ruled a homicide.
His body was found in a ditch on land not connected to the parkway.
Clayton’s 2011 Chevrolet Cobalt was found abandoned the same day.
Investigators believe Clayton had been on the Alabama-to-North Carolina highway for a few hours before she was killed, and they were awaiting autopsy results to confirm her death was related to her car’s disappearance.
The park service and law enforcement are seeking help from the public in solving this case.
Information regarding Clayton’s disappearance and murder should be sent to [email protected]
“Jean Clayton’s family wants justice for her and they have been a tremendous inspiration to us as we try to solve this case,” said John G. Maynard, Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
“Jean’s loved ones have consistently shown tremendous strength and compassion for each other in their efforts to cope with this difficult time. They also have offered us their undying loyalty and assistance throughout this investigation.”
While the investigation is ongoing, the park service asks that no activities be conducted on the bridge where Clayton’s body was found. Activities that have been conducted on that bridge or locations on the land surrounding the bridge can be reevaluated by law enforcement authorities, the release said.
Individuals with information regarding Clayton’s death and vehicle should contact North Carolina State Police in Blue Ridge Parkway District.
More information can be found on the parkway’s website.