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GBI needs help identifying body of hiker found on Appalachian Trail

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help identifying the body of a hiker found on the Appalachian Trail.

The GBI released a forensic artist’s sketch of the man Thursday in hopes that someone will recognize him.

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The hiker’s body was found on Springer Mountain off the Benton MacKaye Trail on Jan. 21. The trail is part of the Appalachian Trail in Fannin County.

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The hiker’s clothing was still with him: a small gray t-shirt, a gray fleece long sleeve shirt and tan Wrangler brand cargo pants size 30x32.

He also had several jackets with him including a Thermal-FR brand fleece quarter zip pullover and dark gray Champion brand quarter zip fleece.

Officials also found several items with the man’s body including his size 10.5 Keen brand hiking boots, a black Uline skull cap with rechargeable light attachment and a small black folding shovel.

Anyone who recognizes the man or his belongings is asked to contact the GBI Cleveland Office at 706-348-4866.

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