Dawson County and State authorities are currently searching for this man. His name is Eddie Noonkester and he began a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail on Friday, February 14, 2020. He has since become disoriented and may be suffering from a medical emergency. It is believed that he is on or near the AT approach trail somewhere in Dawson County, however it is also possible that he has wandered off the trail and surrounding National Forest or Park property. If you come across someone matching his description please call 911.
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60 years old
Foul Play Suspected: No
Suspected Suicide: Unknown / Undisclosed
Cause of Death: Undetermined / Unreleased
Reported missing on February 16, 2020 - 1135 days, 8 hours, 53 minutes ago
Found on February 19, 2020 - 1132 days, 8 hours, 53 minutes ago
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May 24, 2021 at 19:36
This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 4383
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Judaea RojoJuly 11, 2021 at 7:08 pm
2/19/20 Update: Noonkester’s body has been found. More here: https://www.macon.com/news/state/georgia/article240395571.html
Judaea RojoJuly 11, 2021 at 7:07 pm
2/17/20 Update: Eddie Noonkester’s belongings have been found near Len Foote Hike Inn. More here: https://www.backpacker.com/news-and-events/thru-hiker-found-dead-in-georgia/#:~:text=Authorities%20initiated%20a%20search%20for,5%20miles%20from%20Springer%20Mountain.