Update Of Investigation Into Suspicious Death In The George Washington National Forest

Date Published: Sep 02, 2011

Richmond, VA (September 2, 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 multiagency 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 investigators to believe other hikers would be targeted.  However, hikers are encouraged to continue exercising the usual precautions while on any trail.

Information provided by the public thus far has been extremely beneficial in advancing this investigation.  Investigators are now seeking to locate and identify several additional hikers, who while using the following trail names, may have had contact with Mr. Lilly.  These individuals are:

“Mr. Coffee”

“White Wolf”

“Papa Smurf”

“Combat Gizmo” and “Space Cadet” (possibly a husband/wife team)

Anyone with information regarding these individuals is once again urged to call the FBI at 1-800-225-5324, option #4 (1-800-CALL FBI, #4).


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  1. Jeffrey Smith | Jan 07, 2012

    Please contact me at [email protected] reference possible information.

    I will also follow up by calling the posted tel. # to the FBI.

    Thank you

    Trail Name - Comanche
    Jeff Smith

  2. Gracelynn | Sep 24, 2011
    I supopse that sounds and smells just about right.
  3. Stacey | Sep 21, 2011
    Why is ATC so slow in posting updates on this investigation?  Is there reason for concern on the part of folks like myself who have fall section hikes planned in that area?

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