Mystery as man's body found on Appalachian Trail just miles from where Dog the Bounty Hunter looked for Brian Laundrie

A STARTLING discovery was made on the Appalachian Trail close to where Dog the Bounty Hunter searched for Brian Laundrie

An unidentified man's body was found off the Benton MacKaye Trail in Fannin County, Georgia.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public's help in identifying the man who was found on January 21, 2022, according to a statement.

The man was wearing a small gray t-shirt, a gray fleece long sleeve shirt, tan Wrangler brand cargo pants size 30×32, gray wool boot socks, and Keen brand hiking boots size 10.5. 

The man had a black Thermal-FR brand fleece quarter-zip pullover, a dark gray Champion brand quarter-zip fleece, a black Uline skull cap with rechargeable light attachment, and a small black folding shovel.

This investigation is active and ongoing and GBI asks anyone with information regarding a person matching this description is to contact them. 

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Dog The Bounty Hunter, whose real name is Duane Lee Chapman, was on the Appalachian Trail last year searching for Brian Laundrie.

Chapman joined police and other officials in their search for Laundrie, the ex-boyfriend of slain Gabby Petito.

Laundrie returned to his Florida home without Petito after the two went on a cross-country trip across America together.

Friends of Petito begged Laundrie to provide authorities with information on her whereabouts, but soon Laundrie himself went missing.

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Laundrie's remains were officially identified by the FBI on October 21, 2021, after an extensive search at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.

On November 23, 2021, Laundrie's cause of death was revealed as suicide by a gunshot wound to the head, his family lawyer said.

On September 19, 2021, authorities in Wyoming announced a body was found in the area where the search for Petito had been underway.

The Petito lawyer later confirmed on September 21, that the body was identified as Gabby.

The remains were discovered in Grant Teton National Park, where she had been camping with Laundrie when she disappeared.

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation. She died as a result of homicide.

He added that Gabby's predicted death was three to four weeks before her body was found. The body was outside "in the wilderness" for this time.

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