Vermont State Police locate body of missing AT hiker

Police say they found Robert Kerker’s body this afternoon.
Published: Jul. 28, 2023 at 10:49 PM EDT
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STOCKBRIDGE, Vt. (WCAX) - Authorities Friday said they found the body of a missing hiker on the Appalachian Trail and they believe his death is related to this month’s flooding.

Vermont State Police say the body of Robert Kerker, 67, from Rhinebeck, New York, was located along the Stony Brook in Stockbridge.

Crews focused their search efforts there after a witness reported seeing him at the nearby shelter the night of July 9th, the last time he was seen alive.

The witness said the severe rain and flooding that struck Vermont the following day elevated the brook’s water levels, making the crossing dangerous.

Kerker began hiking the AT on June 1st in Bear Mountain, New York.