Gil Salter, Scott Salter’s father, told Channel 2 his son was an experienced hiker who had gone to Cooper Furnace for years. He often went off the trail to challenge himself.
Gil Salter said the hiking trail was the first place he knew to look. The area is about 44 miles northwest of Atlanta.
Authorities tried tracking Scott Salter’s phone, but it was cut off about noon Monday.
Gil Salter was still hopeful Monday night.
“I just kept expecting him to come through the woods, expecting to see a little flash light,” he told Channel 2.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of Salter’s death.