On July 23, 2018 a man was found deceased in his tent by hikers in Big Cypress National Preserve, at Noble's Campground, 5 miles north from the I-75 and 63 mile marker rest stop. There was no identification found on the body or at the campsite. It appeared as though the man had been living in the park.
As a result of a bulletin and Facebook post made by the Collier County (FL) Sheriffs Office, numerous tips (including photos) were received from the public. A hiker by the trail name of "Denim" and "Mostly Harmless" closely matched the composite released by the Collier County Sheriffs Office. Denim/Mostly Harmless also used the name Ben Bilemy when he signed into multiple hostels long the trails in Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. Searches conducted on the name Ben Bilemy yield no results.
Unidentified Hiker told people along the way that he started hiking in New York in April wearing jeans, and this is where his trail name “Denim” came from.
Hiker met him on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in New York. He claimed he had been working for a big company and recently quit his job. He said he had been living in Bear Mountain Park, NY for 2 weeks before deciding to hike South on the AT.
Hiker met him in New York at the visitor center in Unionville, NY.
Man claims to have met Denim in church basement in Duncannon, PA.
A Hiker claims to have met him on the AT at Raven Rock shelter in Maryland.
Hiker (Obsidian) took a photo of him reading the logbook in the Mountain Home Hostel in Front Royal, Virginia. Another photo at the same table was posted on the hostel Facebook page.
A hiker meets Denim in Calf Mountain Shelter, along with another hiker by the trail name of Obsidian.
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A hiker met him in Virginia and knew him as Denim. Hiker said his pack was 53 1/2 pounds in Damascus, VA -- she took a photo of it on the scales because it was so heavy she almost toppled over trying it on. She took a selfie and several other photos of him in Damascus. They had been stuck in Woodchuck’s Hostel in Damascus for 2 days due to a hurricane hitting the trail (Most likely was rain from Hurricane Nate. While in Damascus, he went out to eat at Damascus Pizza Co Bar & Grill on the 7th with several other hikers.
He checked into Top of Georgia Hostel & Hiking Center under the name “Ben Bilemy”, which was more than likely an alias since hikers were not allowed to check in under their trail names. He checked out the next days since the hostel was closed for Thanksgiving on the 23rd. He came back the next day and stayed from the 24th until the 26th. Before he left, he bought that 2-person tent he was found in.
Photo of Denim holding up maps posted to the “Mountain Crossings at Walasi-yi” Facebook page—Mountain Crossings is a store located near Blood Mountain in Georgia. He purchased maps to hike the Pinhoti Trail in Alabama and told the owner he was heading for Key West, Florida.
Hiker met Denim on Springer Mountain and posted about it to the Mountain Crossings facebook post on Dec 5th. MM took a photo of him with his poles in front of the bronze plaque on the summit at the end of the Appalachian Trail. Another hiker met Mostly Harmless, who he knew as Denim, at a shelter at Springer Mountain. He said that they were the only two there so they talked pretty late into the evening, and the conversation got pretty deep. Denim said that his dad was abusive and he didn’t speak to his parents but talked about a sister, and he mentioned that he had an ex-girlfriend. They also talked about Sci-Fi, specifically Doctor Who.
Hikers take a photo of Denim standing in front of a Nisan Frontier Truck at the Salem Church Road Crossing—the first road crossing of the Pinhoti Trail just west of the AL/GA State Line.
Hiker took a photo of him while holding a “thru hike” sticker in Crestview, Florida, on Hwy 90, west of town.
A camper met Denim at Sand Pond Campground is in Pine Log State Forest, in Ebro, FL. He left from there headed for the FL trail. He told camper he had been staying with his sister in Sarasota or Ft. Myers, FL and started in that area. He also talked to camper about some health problems and needed/wanted to do this trip while he still could.
A hiker met Denim in the Ocala National Forest. Another hiker saw him just 1 hour south of the 88 store. He was heading south bound on the Florida Trail, healthy and in good spirits.
Hiker meets Denim on the FT, near Paisley, Florida. It was only 4 months before he would be discovered deceased. The hiker said that he was looking thin, but nowhere near 83 pounds. Denim was in good spirits at this time, and he seemed to be enjoying his hike. He again mentioned that he was from, or at least started in, New York. The hiker took a picture of him also. When this man asked someone else “Who’s that guy?”, the reply was “He’s mostly harmless” or along those lines, so Mostly Harmless kept the trail name.
Denim was found deceased in his tent in Big Cypress National Preserve at a remote campsite called Noble's Camp, approximately 5 miles north of Interstate 75.
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