ATLANTA (AP) The search for a 24-year-old hiker who disappeared from the northern Georgia woods on New Year's Day will be scaled back, authorities said Sunday.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said the search for Meredith Emerson will not stop but that only trained search and rescue individuals and law enforcement will be involved on Monday. Authorities believe Emerson is no longer alive.
The man accused of abudcting Emerson is scheduled to appear in court today. Authorities served a warrant Saturday evening charging Gary Michael Hilton, 61, with kidnapping with bodily injury.
Investigators had recovered three bloody fleece tops like those she wore and said they held out little hope of finding her alive.