A hiker that went missing in Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawson County on Wednesday evening, has been located alive and well, authorities say.
According to a Facebook post by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, the man was located early on Thursday morning a few hundred yards off of the Hike Inn Trail, just over a mile from the main road, with no water and a dead cell phone.
“We were never so excited to find our missing person alive and well, looking forward to our arrival,” the post said. “This truly remarkable teamwork led to the most positive outcome possible.”
Search teams with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia State Patrol Aviation team, and Dawson County Fire and Emergency Service searched through the night on Wednesday with no luck, until the man’s last known was found through phone records on Thursday morning.
After multiple items belonging to the missing hiker were discovered off the trail, K9 Officer Bella with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office was able to lead the team directly to the missing man, who was lying down about 300 yards off of the main trail.
“We’d like to recognize the incredible work of Deputy Gearin who spotted the items well off the trail and the prompt assistance of the Hall County K9 Team, which possibly saved this man’s life,” the DCSO said.
DCN Editor Alexander Popp contributed to this report.