Anita Redmon's murder is the park's lone unsolved homicide. Stone Mountain, Georgia, is a popular tourist destination that is known for its large stone carving of a mountain man.
On April 4, 1975, Anita Redmon, a 24-year-old mother of two children, was hiking with another woman on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Stone Mountain Memorial Association headquarters in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The other woman returned to her car while Anita stayed behind to take a photo. When she did not return, her friend reported her missing. Police found Anita's body several days later half-buried in thick bushes about 150 feet from the trailhead.
Anita had been shot twice in the head and once in the chest. She had also been beaten about the face and head with such force that her skull was fractured. Her hands were bound with wire from an electrical box, and one foot was wrapped in barbed wire.
Police believe they know who killed Anita Redmon, but they need your help to bring her murderer to justice. Anita was out for a day hike when she was murdered, so no one saw or heard anything suspicious.
LOGAN – On Labor Day 2019, a second teenager acknowledged to pushing a 74-pound log over a cliff above Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills State Park, killing a Chillicothe lady who was standing below. Schafer, 44, was standing on the Old Man's Cave steps on Sept. 3, when he was hit by the log, which fell about 250 feet down into a wooded valley. He died at the scene.
NEONE, STONE MOUNTAIN, GA— The hunt for a missing banker has been called off, according to authorities. Tony Edge, 35, was discovered dead at Stone Mountain Park about 8:21 a.m. Wednesday. Edge appears to have fallen from a steep area of the mountain's north slope, according to police. His body was located about 250 feet from the trail head on the northern side of the mountain.
Edge had gone hiking with his wife and mother-in-law at about 5 p.m. Tuesday night, but did not return home. Police say they believe he fell while walking back down the mountain after leaving the trail head.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
Edge worked as a loan officer for Atlanta's Paine Webber bank for the last three years. In addition to his wife and child, he is survived by his parents and two sisters.
In other news, a man was killed when a tree fell on his house in Georgia Monday morning. State officials say a large pine tree crashed onto the couple's home in Alpharetta, just outside of Atlanta, around 10:30 a.m. The tree fell despite being warned against by weather conditions that included heavy rain and strong winds. No one else was injured in the accident.
The homeowner, who has not yet been identified, is believed to have been inside the house at the time of the accident.
There have been a total of 13 murders documented to far. The victims and their tales are listed here in chronological order. None of these cases can be directly attributed to being on the trail.
In 1974, Arthur McComb was found shot dead near his campsite in Maryland. No one has been convicted for this crime.
In 1975, two men were killed in separate incidents while walking the trail in New York. In both cases, drugs may have played a role. One of the men, Charles Butler, had $40,000 in cash with him at the time of his death. It is suspected that he was involved in drug trafficking.
In 1992, Ronald Ray Buxton was shot by an unknown assailant while sitting in a camp chair at night near his tent in Georgia. There were no witnesses to the shooting. It is believed that Buxton, who was 46 years old at the time of his death, had taken a bribe from someone wanting to sell drugs on the trail.
In 2008, David "Dewey" Wolfe was beaten to death by two men who then robbed him. They first attacked him because they thought he was a serial killer and then killed him because he would not hand over his money.
With only 26 deaths since the park's inception in 1886, that's hardly a bad safety record. The park would have preferred no deaths, however after reading the following, it is evident that the majority of the deaths at Lagoon were caused by a patron's own negligence or recklessness.
A 54-year-old man was swimming at the Lagoon when his bathing suit became entangled in a fish net. He freed himself and returned to the beach but was unable to free his clothing. Another swimmer found the victim unresponsive several minutes later. Despite rescue efforts, the man was declared dead on arrival at a local hospital.
In another incident, a 12-year-old boy drowned after he fell into the water while playing with a friend. When his companion tried to pull him out, they also went under for a moment. The boy's body was recovered about 200 yards from the shoreline.
These are just three of many death cases at the Lagoon. You should know that even with the limited access provided by the park, accidents still happen. If you're considering taking a swim here, we recommend you use caution and common sense.
The best way to enjoy yourself at the Lagoon without getting hurt is by following our advice. Swimming at its best is an enjoyable activity that allows you to relax and disconnect from everything else for a few hours.
Esther Nakajjigo and her husband, Ludovic Michaud, pose on June 13, 2020, in Arches National Park. Esther Nakajjigo, a Ugandan human rights campaigner, was slain on June 13, 2020, in Arches National Park in Utah. The couple was hiking when they were attacked by a bear.
Nakajjigo was a director of the African Centre for Human Rights. She had been living in Uganda when she received death threats for her work defending refugees and others persecuted for their opinions or beliefs. She moved to France but was allowed to enter the United States as a refugee. In America, she continued to fight for human rights through her work at the African Centre for Human Rights. She also worked with refugees from several countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.
In addition to her husband, Esther has two children.
Here are some of the activities that took place since Esther's murder:
- On July 10, 2020, visitors to Arches National Park were able to use self-guided tours online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The park closed its gates to all visitors until further notice.
- On August 5, 2020, federal prosecutors announced that they would not seek the death penalty against a man who had been charged with murdering Esther Nakajjigo.
Geoff Hood and Molly LaRue were murdered while climbing the Appalachian Trail near Duncannon in 1990. Many people's memories of their killings were jolted when another Appalachian Trail murder occurred last week. Swift walked and tented with Hood and LaRue in New Hampshire for three days in 1990. He then returned home to find out that his wife and daughter had been killed by a drunk driver on Interstate 95 in Maryland.
There have been other deaths on the trail since it first opened in 1937. A list is provided at the end of this article. Most of the fatalities could have been avoided if travelers used caution and knowledge of the trail system before entering it. The Appalachian Trail is not a safe place for people to be lost.
In addition to being one of the most dangerous trails in America, the Appalachian Trail is also one of the most difficult. It is estimated that only 1 in 10,000 people who go hiking will ever be found missing after normal search-and-rescue times. That means that despite the fact that hundreds of people go hiking every year, only one or two of these cases get any attention from the outside world.
The trail has claimed the lives of people from all over the world. In addition to Americans, there are hikers from Canada, England, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Nepal, Russia, Scotland, and Wales.