Missing Appalachian Trail Hiker Found Dead in Vermont

Article updated July 29 to include the sad news that missing hiker, Robert Kerker, has been found dead. 

Vermont State Police have located the body of a man that they believe to be missing Appalachian Trail hiker, Robert Kereker, aka “Steady Eddie.” According to a press release, the deceased was found one and a half miles downstream from where the AT crosses Stony Brook.

Heavy rains and flooding affected the region on July 10, the day after Kerker was last seen. Investigators do not believe there is anything suspicious about his death and agree that the evidence points to an accident caused by unusually high water.

According to the original press release, Kerker was last seen at the Inn at Long Trail in Killington, VT before continuing his section hike north. On July 14 he failed to check in at his reserved hotel in Norwich, and on July 24 his family reported him missing.

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Kerker, 67, was from Rhinebeck, NY, and started hiking north on the AT from Bear Mountain in New York on June 1. He had been checking in with family once a week before going silent. Family and friends have been canvassing Facebook and message boards in the hopes that someone will be able to provide information about his location. Their long wait is now over.

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Comments 5

  • Russ Hobgood : Jul 31st

    It is a sad occurance that Steady Eddie perished in such a way. The AT is a wonderful place but like other remote natural locations, it had it’s dangers. Hats off and a silent word for his family.

  • TaffyUK : Aug 2nd

    Sad news, although I was expecting something like this happened to him from all that rain.

  • Kerry Smithwick : Aug 4th

    Very sad, Blessings for his family and friends.


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