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Body of missing hiker found in mountains of northern Georgia

January 7 2008 at 10:37 PM
Ken Akerman  (Login KenAkerman)

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The body of Buford hiker Meredith Emerson, missing since New Year's Day in the North Georgia mountains, has been found by authorities, her family's spokeswoman confirmed Monday night.

"We did find out just now, not that it was unexpected," Peggy Bailey said.

She did not confirm exactly where the body was found but said, "I know it was a place where they have been looking."

As search parties continued with a sixth day of scouring the mountains for Emerson, the man suspected of killing her faced a judge but made no comment.

Although the father of the young hiker went before cameras Monday to ask the public to "search their hearts and memories" for anything that might lead to his daughter, attorneys said that even if searchers had never found her body, Gary Michael Hilton still could have been charged with her murder.

Hilton was charged Saturday with kidnapping with bodily injury, felonies that carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Click here to read the article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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