UPDATE 04/18/2022 – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified the body of a man found dead on Springer Mountain in January as that of a Pennsylvania man.

According to a news release from the GBI, the individual has been identified as 41-year-old Stephen Lucas Ryan.

The GBI posted the following message in its Facebook page:

The GBI has identified the male hiker found on January 21, 2022, off the Benton MacKaye Trail in Fannin County Georgia as Stephen Lucas Ryan, 41, of Pennsylvania. This identification was made because of the work of the FBI, GBI Crime Lab and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). Thank you to those that shared information to help identify the hiker.


GEORGIA (WRBL) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man found dead on a mountain in the northern part of Georgia.

A forensic artist created a rendering of the man in order to help identify him. Investigators believe he was a hiker.

According to a GBI news release, the man’s body was found on Springer Mountain, off the Benton MacKaye Trail, on Jan. 21,2022. That is part of the Appalachian Trail in Fannin County.

When the individual was found, he 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 in his possession 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.

Anyone with information regarding a person matching this description is asked to contact the GBI. Anonymous tips can be submitted online or by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).

You can also download the See Something, Send Something mobile app.