Hiking Trail Mystery: Who was the man named Ben Bilemy?

floridahiker2018It’s a mystery that Collier County Sheriffs in Florida have been trying to find out for more than half a year.  On July 23rd, 2018, a deceased hiker was found in his yellow tent at  the Noble’s Campground in the Big Cypress National Preserve in the Everglades.  Law Enforcement believe the man had been dead for several days and do not suspect foul play.  He was described as a white male between the ages of 35 to 50 years old.  When found he was five foot eight and weighed 83 pounds. He had a salt and pepper beard with bluish gray eyes.  His teeth were in excellent shape and had been cared for.  At the time of his death, he had not been in good health.

floridahiker3After a composite sketch was posted of him online, people remembered meeting him while hiking.  He used the hiking names, “Denim” and Mostly Harmless”.  He also used the name Ben Bilemy as he signed into several hostels where he stayed along the Appalachian Trail and Florida Trail in Virginia, Georgia and Florida.  There were pictures taken of him as well as video, still no one knows his real name or where he was from.  There is some belief that he may have worked in the IT industry and had connections to Louisiana and New York State.

Here is a link to a potential timeline of his time on the various hiking trails.

https://www.websleuths.com/forums/threads/fl-big-cypress-national-preserve-male-hiker-denim-and-mostly-harmless-23-july-2018.385078/page-13

Here is a link to a video of him on the trail.  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=245369582985667

If you know the identity of this man, please call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300.

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