Body of missing hiker found
Published: Monday, January 7, 2008 at 8:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 7, 2008 at 8:46 p.m.
BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. - Authorities found the body of a missing hiker Monday, hours after a judge denied bond to the man accused of kidnapping her in the mountains of northern Georgia.
A source close to the investigation, who was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity, said the remains of 24-year-old Meredith Emerson had been found. The disclosure came after authorities scheduled a "major announcement" in the case in Dawson County, south of where Gary Michael Hilton, 61, appeared in court.
Investigators are examining whether Emerson's death and the disappearance of two other hikers in October in North Carolina are related.
Hilton's attorney, Neil Smith, did not enter a plea on Hilton's behalf Monday.
Investigators say Hilton was the last person seen with Emerson on the trail before she disappeared on New Year's Day.
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