Authorities Seek Help Identifying Body Found on Springer Mountain

Authorities from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) are asking the public for help identifying a male hiker who was found deceased on Springer Mountain on January 21st, 2022.

The man was wearing a small gray t-shirt, a gray fleece long sleeve shirt, tan Wrangler brand cargo pants size 30×32, gray wool boot socks, and Keen brand hiking boots size 10.5. He was also found with a black Thermal-FR brand fleece quarter-zip pullover, a dark gray Champion brand quarter-zip fleece, a black Uline skull cap with rechargeable light attachment, and a small black folding shovel.

Clockwise from top left: Thermal-FR Fleece, Champion Fleece, folding shovel, and U-line skull cap found in the deceased man’s possession. Courtesy of GBI.

Springer Mountain, located some 75 miles north of Atlanta, is the Southern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail. However, the man’s body was found on the Benton Mackaye Trail, which converges with the AT 0.2 miles north of the mountain’s summit.

The GBI is actively investigating this case.

Size 10 Keen boots found with the body. Courtesy of GBI.

Anyone with information regarding a person matching this description is asked to contact the GBI. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

Featured image: Forensic artist’s rendering of the man in question.

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Comments 3

  • Ralph B. Mahon : Apr 3rd

    If not already done, put posters/info in shelters. Chances are someone met this man on the trail, and might know his name.

  • Ann : Apr 4th

    Wonderful that you’ve posted this, but al least on my phone, the hiker’s face is covered by a link to a different article.

    Please fix if possible.

    • Kelly Floro : Apr 4th

      Ann, thanks for pointing that out. I have to remember about mobile. Please see the updated post with the artist’s rendering of the man added at the bottom.


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