New search underway for Lincoln Memorial student missing since April


A new search is underway for a Claiborne County woman who hasn't been seen in more than three months.

Veronica Casciato, 48, was seen leaving the Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate on April 6. She was studying to be a social worker.

Two weeks later, her car was found off the Cherohala Skyway in Monroe County, in an area where people would typically park to go hiking. Her father, Michael Machen, told NBC affiliate WBIR in Knoxville it's not unusual for Veronica to go out exploring on her own, but it's very out of character for her to be out of reach for so long.

Authorities searched the area without luck, and still don't know what happened to her.

On Tuesday, search crews went back to the area where Casciato's car was found, searching a ravine in the Eagle Gap area that was not previously accessible. They looked about two hours Tuesday morning and planned to continue in the afternoon.

The TBI says the Campbell County Search and Rescue Team is assisting.