William Lang Pottle, 39, was found about 150 feet from the top of an overlook at the state park in northeast Georgia, agency spokesman Mark McKinnon said. The search was prompted after Georgia DNR game wardens got a call around 9:30 p.m. regarding a missing hiker. Pottle’s car was found in the parking lot of the park’s Interpretative Center.
Rabun County Search and Rescue along with park staff began the search along the gorge rim trails but did not find Pottle, McKinnon said. Shortly after 11 p.m., Rabun SAR searched into the gorge with a drone and found Pottle dead at the bottom, he added.