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.


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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