As always, I welcome this transition, but each time I do so with a small dose of seemingly incurable apprehension. At 6:14 on Saturday morning, the team arrived at the campsite where the first attack occurred. Then they found the body of the missing hiker, who had been stabbed to death. The tactical team of the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office then began the four-mile hike to the crime scene. I knew this guy was a serious problem.” But news of his threatening behavior made its way up the trail, as reports of “Sovereign” harassing other hikers continued. “What really got my attention was that one of the hikers said he told them, ‘It’s going to be a bad day for hikers on the trail.’” Upon hearing that, Hensley says he immediately deployed deputies, but they were unable to locate Jordan. Authorities in North Carolina observed him a day or so later, but there was no warrant for his arrest, so they did not detain him. She turned to face him and raised her arms as if to surrender, but Mr. Jordan stabbed her until she fell to the ground and played dead, according to the affidavit. Our Tax ID number: 526046689. There were bloodstains on the man’s clothing. Norman says that, over dinner, Jordan told him that hikers—who Jordan called “the mountain people”—were being threatened by “infiltrators who were trying to steal their instruments” and that Jordan was remaining on the trail in order to protect the “mountain people” from harm. The deputies found blood on Jordan’s clothes and arrested him. “We knew there was trouble down here with this boy,” Hensley told me by phone on Monday. I will carry my mace spray with me.”. Jordan then began stabbing him in the upper part of his body as the female hiker, who has not been identified, looked on. We hope you’ll support us. Early on Saturday, sheriff’s deputies in southwest Virginia received an unusual message. Thank you. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Man arrested in Appalachian Trail machete attack May 13, 2019 01:33. Hikers shared photographs and descriptions of him on social media after he waved a knife and an ax at a shelter, Mr. King said. They thought it was a little unusual,” said Wythe County sheriff Keith Dunagan at a press briefing on Sunday. Jordan, who gave himself the trail name “Sovereign,” has been a known nuisance on the trail for several months. The two, along with Jordan’s dog, traveled 90 miles to Johnston City, Tennessee, to put him on the bus. So the deputies went into the forest to look for him. The … That section of the trail was reopened on Sunday. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. This year, 2015, according to the Appalachian Trail … James L. Jordan approached four hikers somewhere in Jefferson National Forest in western Virginia on Friday evening. Fatal Stabbing on Appalachian Trail Is Uncovered Thanks to GPS and a Dog. James L. Jordan, 30, of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, appeared in federal court Monday, where he was charged with murder and assault with intent to commit murder after a bloody attack early Saturday morning on the Appalachian Trail left one hiker dead and another hospitalized. Help fund our award-winning journalism with a contribution today. On Sunday, that section of trail was reopened, but hikers were encouraged to share information with the sheriff’s department. This weekend, the authorities closed a portion of the trail in southwest Virginia where the assault had taken place, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy said. The National Park Service referred all questions to the FBI, which did not know if any warnings had been posted, since that would have taken place before the crime. “We all knew about his violent interactions by then,” Norman told me by phone on Monday from a motel near Abingdon, Virginia, where the FBI has housed him and four other witnesses to Jordan’s crime. Jordan then left and returned to the campsite, according to authorities. Allegedly, Jordan eventually gave up the chase and returned to the campsite, near Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. It’s not that the length of the trail is unknown, but rather that the distance changes year to year, based on trail modifications such as switchbacks and reroutes. The Appalachian Trail has actually been the site of numerous murders and other gruesome deaths over the years. James L. Jordan, 30, has been charged with murder after he allegedly stabbed an Iraq War veteran to death on the Appalachian Trail last Saturday … On Monday, hikers took to social-media sites, wondering why more had not been done—particularly given the number of thru-hikers in Virginia this time of year. James L. Jordan, 30, of West Yarmouth, Mass., was charged in the fatal stabbing of one person and the wounding of another on the Appalachian Trail. 2019 Story: Ronald Sanchez Jr. was hiking the Appalachian Trail with three others when he stopped for the night at a shelter. The fatal stabbing was the 10th murder on the trail in 45 years of record-keeping, he said. The approximate length of the Appalachian Trail in miles. Sue Clements, a 53-year-old found dead after being missing in the Great Smoky Mountains last fall, died of hypothermia, according to autopsy. Find more newsletters on our. An emergency signal had been sent from a hiker’s GPS device on the Appalachian Trail. Hikers and guides who usually share information about more common perils of trail life, like ticks, lightning strikes or getting lost, now sought advice on a more ominous topic: what to do to stave off an assault. The hikers said that Jordan was “acting disturbed and unstable, and was playing his guitar and singing.”. A judge ordered Jordan be held in custody pending a psychiatric evaluation. “I done all I could do,” says Hensley. Homicides are rare on the Appalachian Trail, according to statistics; the last time the trail was the scene of a homicide was in 2011 when a man was … ... to burn them to death, the documents say. A man was charged with fatally stabbing a hiker and wounding another in Virginia. “The trail grapevine has always been robust,” Brian King, a spokesman for the conservancy, said. By comparison, the Pacific Crest Trail is longer (2,650 miles) although markedly younger trail … Previously, the incident report form was a … They set off into the forest and encountered other hikers who said they had been unnerved by a man who had talked to them during the night, trying to get them to unzip their tent so he could borrow a flashlight, Sheriff Dunagan said. As they stopped to talk to other hikers on the trail, a dog wandered up to the group. He then reportedly began yelling at the two remaining hikers, a man and a woman. Both the female stabbing victim and the two hikers who fled from Jordan identified him as the attacker. Jordan initiated a verbal argument with some of the backpackers there, who also alerted authorities. ... May 11, 2019 … “Please know that this could happen anywhere and you can’t live in fear. A companion of the hiker’s had also been wounded. After he left to find his dog, she ran down the trail and found other hikers who helped her hike six miles to safety, it said. The four hikers moved on, and later set up camp along a portion of trail that veers into neighboring Wythe County, but Mr. Jordan caught up with them, “spoke to the hikers through their tents, and threatened to pour gasoline on their tents and burn them to death,” the affidavit said. “It is safer on the trail than getting to it,” Mr. King said. Federal authorities have released the identity of a hiker who was stabbed to death in an attack on the Appalachian Trail in southwestern Virginia. Dee Rybiski, a spokesperson for the FBI field office in Richmond, Virginia, confirmed by phone on Monday that that office’s Evidence Response Unit was gathering evidence on the trail. I'm sure … “The threats that Jordan was making were very much on our radar,” says King. More. But as they tried to leave, Mr. Jordan approached them with a long knife, it said. While the violent deaths are tragic, the Appalachian Trail overwhelmingly remains a place of beauty rather than brutality. He was apprehended with a fake ID, marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia. Mr. Jordan had been known to hikers and law enforcement agencies whose jurisdictions stretch along the trail since April, when he was accused of threatening people on the trail in Unicoi County, Tenn., the arrest affidavit said. HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — Authorities recovered human remains and the clothing of an unknown person Tuesday off the Appalachian Trail in Jefferson County, … Check out our entire suite of free newsletters here. And so, on the night of May 10, Jordan allegedly prowled among the campers on the Appalachian Trail, threatening to pour gasoline on their tents and burn them to death… He returned to the campsite and began arguing with another hiker, fatally stabbing him in the upper part of his body, it said. “They didn’t even see the person, and luckily they didn’t come out of the tent.”. Jordan appeared and began threatening the hikers in their shelters, saying that he was going to “pour gasoline on their tents and burn them to death.” At that point, the four hikers decided to relocate their campsites. 1 / 2. Original story: The multi-agency search for an Appalachian Trail hiker who went missing in Dawson County late last week is now continuing into a third day, authorities said Tuesday, Feb. 18. ... May 16, 2019 10:07 AM Advertisement. Jordan chased after her. On May 3, Jordan boarded a northbound bus. Brian King, the publisher at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and management of the trail), says that the ATC was well aware of the recurring complaints about Jordan and had been urging hikers to contact local authorities or call 911. Now, 29 years later, Swift is shocked at the news of another killing. These are far from the only killings on the trail. According to Hensley, hikers observed Jordan behaving strangely at a trailhead on April 21, asking thru-hikers for the password needed to get on the trail. Using pings from a nearby cell-phone tower, authorities were able to ascertain the approximate location of the first stabbing. In mid-April, he allegedly threatened several hikers at a shelter in Tennessee. Many members of this disparate, determined and close-knit group yearn to disconnect from the world and find solitude on the trail, but they often depend on an online network of guides and social media groups to keep informed — and to stay safe. They called 911 at 2:30 A.M., saying that they were being chased by a man with a knife. Norman offered to buy him a Greyhound bus ticket there, and Jordan accepted. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Posted Sep 12, 2019 Geoffrey Hood and Molly LaRue were murdered by Paul David Crews on the Appalachian Trail near Duncannon on Sept. 13, 1990. “He looked like a lot of the people come off the trail, kind of dirty” and smelling strongly, the sheriff said. Pinterest. The attack on the hiker, who has not been publicly identified, and his companion has unnerved denizens of the hiking world who meander through the wilderness of the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. In the court documents, the hikers said that Jordan was “acting disturbed and unstable, and was playing his guitar and singing.” Later that night, the four set up camp a few miles from where the first encounter occured, in Wythe County, Virginia. The team followed it to Mr. Jordan, who was disheveled in khakis and a plaid shirt, Sheriff Dunagan said. War Veteran Stabbed to Death on Appalachian Trail Was Hiking to Overcome PTSD Veteran Killed on Appalachian Trail Was Hiking to Overcome PTSD. They recently updated their numbers for 2017, which provides an opportunity to look at some overarching trends. I'm going to condense the past several days into one post and try to be more regular going forward. Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. “I didn’t want to put him in anywhere near a trail town,” says Norman. According to the affidavit, when she saw her male companion fall to the ground, the female hiker attempted to run away. After dinner, Norman says Jordan and his dog (who was wearing a service-animal harness) spent a night in a Tennessee motel. More and … Norman recognized Jordan from his arrest photo, which had been widely circulated in the trail community, and invited Jordan to dinner. James Jordan was arrested last week and charged in the Appalachian Trail stabbing death of Army veteran and hiker Ronald Sanchez Jr., 43, of Oklahoma, and the brutal assault against an unidentified woman in Virginia. Jordan then confronted them with a knife. “We’re in absolute shock and disappointed that there was nothing more that could have been done,” says Norman. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Matthew “Odie” Norman, a well-known former AT thru-hiker and founder of the Hiker’s Yearbook (a yearly record of hikers on the trail), encountered Jordan on May 2 at a trailhead near Tennessee’s Roan Mountain State Park. Then, on April 22, Jordan appeared at a road crossing where trail angels were handing out food to thru-hikers. Unlike previous cases of hikers being attacked or killed on the Appalachian Trail, one thing that appears to distinguish this one is that it was preceded by six weeks of complaints about Jordan’s behavior. The woman who was with him ran, but Mr. Jordan caught up to her, the affidavit said. The knife was nearby. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. Many more murder victims lost their live on side trails near the Appalachian Trail, including Meredith Emerson in 2008. message that the hiker’s hand-held GPS device had transmitted. He started yelling and … Threats to burn hikers to death preceded Appalachian Trail knife attacks, FBI says. Two of the hikers ran north on the trail to escape. The suspect in a deadly machete attack against two hikers on the Appalachian Trail this weekend has been arrested, authorities said. The suspect in the May 2019 Appalachian Trail murder case has been considered "not competent" to stand trial, according to a report from CBS affiliate WJHL. Word of the attack, in which Sheriff Dunagan said the suspect used a 20-inch knife, spread quickly. “My intention was to get him off the trail for his own safety and the safety of other hikers.”. A Pennsylvania man who was reported missing by his wife last week has been found dead along the Appalachian Trail, state police said. The organization had also asked its ridge runners (people located along the trail to assist and answer questions) to alert hikers to possible encounters with Jordan. “We had our whole tac team up there, so he wisely surrendered himself,” said Dunagan. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a 501c3 organization. Appalachian Trail Deaths The most recent, as of this writing, occurred in May 2019 when a crazy person – 30-year-old James L. Jordan of Massachusetts – stabbed two people, killing one and injuring the other. Jordan, meanwhile, made his way back down the trail and approached another pair of backpackers who were asleep in their tent, shouting at them that he needed a flashlight. As he caught up to her, the female hiker raised her arms in surrender. Looking for something else? The team, tracking the GPS coordinates, found the hiker’s body, he said. He was also carrying a 17-inch survival knife. War Veteran Stabbed to Death on Appalachian Trail Was Hiking to Overcome PTSD. It’s unclear when or where he purchased the knife used to kill the hiker this weekend. He said there was “sadness, with a little bit of trauma” among those who hike and work on the trail. According to the court documents, the tactical team also discovered a large knife, believed to be the murder weapon, in close proximity to the victim’s body. Kathryn Miles May 14, 2019 James L. Jordan, 30, of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, appeared in federal court Monday, where he was charged with murder and assault with intent to … A woman played dead so she could fend off a knife-wielding man accused of killing a hiker and threatening others in two separate incidents along the Appalachian Trail… The decision to do more to alert hikers to the potential danger Jordan posed rested with the National Park Service. That led the authorities to charge Mr. Jordan, a 30-year-old from West Yarmouth, Mass., in federal court on Monday with one count of murder and one count of assault with the intent to murder, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia said. Norman says he and other hikers still want an answer as to why Jordan was allowed to remain on the trail. Following Sanchez's murder, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy updated its website to make it easier to request help or report suspicious activity. The dog led them to its owner, James L. Jordan, who was standing about 30 yards away, according to Sheriff Keith Dunagan of Wythe County, who recounted the events on Monday. According to Norman, Jordan also said that he had family in Maryland. The dog approached them, the sheriff said. To inspire active participation in the world outside through award-winning coverage of the sports, people, places, adventure, discoveries, health and fitness, gear and apparel, trends and events that make up an active lifestyle. The trail was conceived by Benton MacKaye, a forester who wrote his original plan—called "An Appalachian Trail, A Project in Regional Planning" —shortly after the death of his wife in 1921. It was a pit bull mix and GPS coordinates that led to Mr. Jordan’s arrest. Updated May 24, 2019; Posted May 16, 2019 Geoffrey Hood and Molly LaRue were killed by Paul David Crews on the Appalachian Trail near Duncannon on Sept. 13, … The man accused of killing Appalachian Trail hiker Ronald Sanchez Jr. and severely injuring a female hiker in May 2019 has been declared competent to stand trial for murder, according to news reports. 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