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Man found dead near Amicalola Falls identified
Amicalola Falls

DAWSON COUNTY - Authorities have identified the body of a man found on the Appalachian Trail in the area of Amicalola Falls State Park Tuesday morning.

Michael Johnson, 54, of Liberty, Kentucky, was found dead July 11. According to authorities, it is believed that he was hiking.

At about 9:41 a.m. July 11, the Dawson County 911 center received a call of a possible body, according to Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson. When officers arrived, they found a deceased white male located an estimated 75 yards north of the Len Foote Hike Inn.

Johnson said that a hiker reported the body.

There are no apparent signs of foul play, but the investigation is still active, Johnson said.  The death appeared to be recent.

Coroner Ted Bearden said the cause of death is pending an autopsy report, which he does not expect to receive for about six months.