FBI Updates Investigation Into Suspicious Death in the George Washington National Forest

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.

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


  1. Wow, and I thought computer geeks had weird names! I hope they catch the person(s) responsible and bring them to justice. Hikers are usually quite a peaceful bunch.

  2. The Appalachian Trail meanders for over 2,000miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. The International Appalachian Trail continues north from Baxter State Park into New Brunswick, Canada and the Gaspe Pennisula of Quebec. I feel sad to hear the tragic news. AT hikers are usually a friendly, peaceful bunch with trail names such as “Mellow Yellow”, ‘Wingfoot” and “Goslowgofar”. Benton Mackaye initiated the idea and Avery Myron of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club organized many of the volunteer workers, who built many sections of the trail. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has a vistors center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Many 2011 Appalachian Trail hikers will be at the “ALDHA Gathering” on Columbus Day weekend at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. ALDHA (Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association)

  3. Roscoe Evans says:

    Criminals are opportunists. For them the AppyTrail is no more sacrosanct than the Alamo Movie and DraftHouse. Five minutes research on the net will show you that.

    Don’t let their trail names, their trail mixes, or their hiking gear fool you. These guys are as much strangers to you as the guys who you are quick to fear in the city. Meet them in the forest, and you’ve got to stay just as alert, until you are sure you know who and what you are dealing with.

  4. Lusa holliday says:

    a search on the internet will show you that the AT is statistically one of the safest places on the planet and what crimes have happened were NOT committed by other thru hikers with trail names much less gear. Your comment is disingenuous at best and shows that you have no actual AT experience to back up your words. Please dont spread such nonsense and discourage people from this beautifal path.

  5. Roscoe Evans says:

    Crime is found in every human society on earth, Lusa. But if you want to believe that human nature is suspended on the Appy Trail, or that assuming a trail name and wearing hiking gear will turn sinners into saints, feel free to welcome all with open arms.