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Officials identify hiker who died in fall in Dawson County
Bearden Falls hiker death
Photo courtesy of Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services.

Authorities have identified the male hiker found Sunday who fell from Bearden Falls, said Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson on Tuesday. 

Michael Joseph Gorman, 39, of Texas died after incurring fatal injuries from a fall at the remote hiking spot.

DCSO investigators have the case, but all signs continue to point to the death being accidental, Johnson added Wednesday. 

Officials with Dawson County Fire & EMS, DCSO and multiple other agencies responded Sunday to a hiker who had fallen from Bearden Falls at 12:43 p.m., according to a press release. 

Rescue personnel from Dawson and Forsyth counties arrived at the scene around 2:22 p.m, at which time the incident changed into a recovery. Gorman’s body was subsequently turned over to the Dawson County Coroner, who assisted with the identification process. 

Bearden Falls sits along a creek of the same name inside of the Chattahoochee National Forest and is one of multiple falls in Dawson County.



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