Early Saturday, sheriff's deputies in southwest Virginia received an unusual message. An emergency signal had been sent from a hiker's GPS device on the Appalachian Trail. So the deputies went into the forest to look for him. As they stopped to talk to other hikers on the trail, a dog wandered up to the group.

The dog led them to its owner, James L. Jordan, who was standing about 25 metres away, according to Sheriff Keith Dunagan of Wythe County, who recounted the events Monday. Then they found the body of the missing hiker, who had been stabbed to death.

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