I think it was North Carolina....Pisgah National Forest....i admit to meeting some strange folks on the trail but i never thought they were dangerous...i’m sure this girl also thought this man was harmless.
If he looks his age(61,) then I can definitely see someone not thinking a man is as dangerous.
Sadly, this is what happens when serial killers get old. They don’t get better (and I feel this guy is a serial killer) they just keep killing. If they get older and less strong and stand out in a crowd more, they will simply go for the weakest possible targets—kids.
This kind of thing happening will not stop. The ones who feel most compelled to act on these evil impulses or hate are the ones least likely to stop killing. The only thing we can do is manage our risk and be prepared. That means being armed at almost all times, ESPECIALLY, as a hiker on your own.
Better that we all become armed and aware, rather than unarmed and paranoid about every person who approaches you.
People on vacation let down their guard.
If you are thinking of John and Irene Bryant, the elderly Colorado couple who disappeared in late October, then you're correct. It was the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina, about 150-170 miles north of Vogel State Park. Vogel is the area of the AT where Meredith disappeared.
The body of Irene Bryant was found three weeks later. She had been beaten to death. John Bryant is still missing.
From Pisgah, the story headed to Ducktown, Tennessee, about an hour from Vogel. A surveillance tape captured images of a man in a yellow coat using the Bryant's ATM card. The yellow coat is thought to have belonged to John Bryant.
At the beginning of the search for Meredith, it was reported she was last seen with a man and a second dog - and the man was wearing a yellow coat.