Possible link between missing hiker and murder case

January 8, 2007

UNION COUNTY, Ga.---Investigators are exploring a possible link between a missing Georgia hiker and a possible murder case.

61-year-old Gary Hilton is awaiting his first court appearance today in the case of missing 24-year-old Meredith Emerson. He is facing charges of kidnapping with bodily harm after some strong evidence linked him to Emerson.

Crews are now searching for her body. Today the search was narrowed to a five-mile radius of Vogel State Park.

Investigators are now wondering if he had anything to do with the disappearance of a North Carolina couple. Deputies think someone killed them in October.

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