Colo. native missing in North Georgia mountains
January 3, 2008
BUFORD, Ga. ” Authorities planned to continue searching Thursday for a woman who went missing after going hiking in the North Georgia mountains.
Meredith Emerson, 24, a Colorado native who now lives in Buford, went hiking with her black Labrador Retriever on Tuesday morning, friends said.
Her 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier was found abandoned Wednesday at the base of Blood Mountain.
But despite a daylong search, rescue workers and a group of Emerson’s friends found no trace of her or her dog in Wednesday’s bitter cold. A Georgia State Patrol helicopter was grounded by high winds and searchers drew back at dark.
“She’s an experienced hiker and a blue belt in martial arts,” said Julia Karrenbauer, Emerson’s roommate. “She’s athletic and has a good head on her shoulders. So we’re just hoping for the best.”
Union County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Jeff Fortenberry said up to 30 emergency personnel and deputies planned to search a mountainous, six-mile stretch of trails south of Blairsville on Thursday. He said investigators have found no signs of foul play.