Police Say Suspect In Georgia Missing Hiker Case Could Be Connected To Missing NC Couple

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Georgia police say there could be a connection between a suspect in the disappearance of a female hiker and the disappearance of a North Carolina couple.

Sixty-one-year-old Gary Michael Hilton faces a charge of kidnapping with bodily injury in the disappearance of 24-year-old Meredith Emerson. Hilton is being held in the Union County, Georgia, jail.

The search for Emerson will continue today, but only with trained search and rescue personnel and law enforcement involved. She is thought to be dead. Investigators say Hilton was the last person seen with Emerson.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan says there could be a connection between the Emerson case and the disappearance and presumed deaths of John and Irene Bryant of North
Carolina last October.