This case is being investigated in the area where I've done a lot of hiking.
Person of interest in missing hiker case in custody
The man last seen with missing hiker Meredith Emerson in the north Georgia mountains is in custody and is being questioned by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, authorities announced Friday evening.
Meredith Emerson was last seen hiking with her dog on Blood Mountain in Georgia on New Year's Day.
Gary Michael Hilton, 61, was detained after a police officer spotted his van at a convenience store in suburban Atlanta.
Investigators also have another piece of the puzzle: Emerson's black Labrador retriever, Ella.
The dog walked into a grocery store about 30 miles north of Atlanta hours before Hilton was spotted Friday.
The animal was positively identified through an implanted microchip.