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Thread: I spent a year digging into a story about a hiker who was found dead in a tent in Florida for @adventurevida thanks to editors @jeffmoag and @stevecasimiro. The mystery has kept me awake many nights, scouring the web. Here's how my story begins. Image
"Sometimes I imagine him falling through space, drifting like dust from dead stars in the vast nowhere above us. I see him take shape in the soft light of a forest before dawn. First a fog, then ephemeral form, then living flesh."
Brief synopsis: he was found dead in tent in July 2018. Weighed 83 pounds. No phone. No wallet. No ID. $3,600 in cash on him, along with notebooks filled with computer code. @CollierSheriff @kristine_gill put out a composite and people immediately recognize the man.
Collier County received nearly two dozen photos of him taken by hikers. He went by Denim and Mostly Harmless on the trail. At hostels, he signed in as "Ben Bilemy," a name that doesn't appear to exist. Said he worked in tech, lived in Brooklyn, and grew up in Baton Rouge
Most unidentified remains cases consists of a bone, or a badly decomposed body. This case seemed like a lock to solve and yet, nearly two years later, Mostly Harmless remains unidentified. No one has reported him missing.
To read my story, you can buy Adventure Journal online for $18 at or subscribe for $60 for four issues a year. You can also find it at the following stores:
Help solve the mystery. Share it on Facebook and in FB groups. It's going to take one person to say "Hey, I remember that guy from. . .'
Page from his notebooks: Image
Map of sightings: He hiked over 1,000 miles. Image
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