Identification of Body Located in George Washington National Forest

Date Published: Aug 19, 2011

On August 12, 2011, hikers reported the discovery of a deceased individual located near a hiking trail in close proximity to the Appalachian Trail, in the Northwest part of Amherst County, Virginia.  Investigators from the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police, the United States Forest Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene and the body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Virginia Department of Health.

Subsequent investigation identified the victim as Mr. Scott Lilly of South Bend, Indiana, known by the trail name “Stonewall.”  It appears Mr. Lilly was hiking the Appalachian Trail and the circumstances of his death are suspicious.

While this multi-agency investigation is ongoing, and the release of information may be limited, it is important for the public to be aware that no information has been developed by these agencies that would lead the investigators to believe other hikers would be targeted.  However, hikers are encouraged to continue exercising the usual precautions while on any trail.

Mr. Lilly’s name and photo are being provided with the request that anyone who may have seen or had contact with him recently, call either the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers (1-888-798-5900) or the FBI (1-800 CALL FBI option #4 -1-800-225-5324 option #4) and relay any information that may be pertinent to this investigation. 

Scott Lilly

Mr. Scott Lilly

Trail Name:  “Stonewall”

To relay pertinent information, please call either the

FBI @ 1-800 CALL FBI option #4

(1-800-225-5324 option #4)


the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers @ 1-888-798-5900


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  1. Lore | Sep 27, 2011
    BION I'm imrpsesed! Cool post!
  2. Elmira | Sep 19, 2011
    Boy that rlealy helps me the heck out.
  3. Ducky | Sep 08, 2011
    Grade A stuff. I'm unquetsionalby in your debt.
  4. Laurie Potteiger | Sep 03, 2011
    Thanks, Jeff, for helping get the word out. I posted an updated press release on Trailplace yesterday.
  5. lynn mccollum | Aug 30, 2011
    Still no information? rest in peace Stonewall. be safe everyone else.
  6. Marti Andersen | Aug 21, 2011

    A death or injury of a member of the backpacking community affects all hikers. The trail(s) is (are) sacred to us and we support one another along it's distance. To his family and friends: Our thoughts are with you.

  7. Jeff Haas | Aug 21, 2011

    Thank you so much for passing along this information.  I've posted it on as well passed it along to the hiking community via twitter.  This is very sad and is a blow to the entire backpacking community.

    His family and loved ones will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Deep Peace

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