Monday, January 7, 2008

A link to the Meredith Emerson case?

In today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Athens police are talking to the GBI about a possible connection with Cayle's case:

Suspect in hiker's disappearance may be linked to 3 other cases

UPDATE - the Bywaters were notified by law enforcement officials today that there are no links between Cayle's case and Meredith Emerson's. Which, frankly, is very good news. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Meredith's family; we can imagine all too well the pain they are suffering at this time.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

1)Haviing seen Hilton on the news tonight, I believe he may have been at the UGA dog park sometime in the last two months. If it was him, he was with a younger man and I believe a few dogs. At least one being a possible pit-bull mix. I have left this information on Det. Dustin Smith's voicemail.
2)Reading online I have learned that Gary Michael Hilton worked on Clairmont Rd. in Atlanta and was arrested at Ashford Dunwoody Rd. Many people blogging recall incidents with him and his dog at Murphey Candler Park where he used to hang out. Isn't this near Dunwoody? Was Cayle ever in these areas? 3)Another blogger says that they believe they met the couple attacked in North Carolina (now linked to Emerson case)here in Ga near Dahlonega at Amicalola Falls State Park Sept. 19-20, 2007. They state that the couple told them they were from N.C. and that they planned to hike Pisgah National Forest next. Isn't it possible that Hilton meets people at one park and encounters then again as a familiar face at another park?

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you. Just a couple of questions I hope the police are considering (if the cases could have connection):

1) There are four main dog areas in Athens: Lake Herrick, Sandy Creek, Eastside, and Memorial. Has Hilton's picture been posted at these locations? I'm curious if anyone has seen him near the dog areas (or in them).

2) I've never been to Blood Mtn for hiking. Is there a certain place dog owners tend to hang out or meet (a creek, a field, a trail?). This could tell us if Hilton did frequent dog off-leash areas.

3) Hopefully the ABH will clarify more details as witnesses speak. It's very important to know--did Cayle's dog escape from the dog park at Memorial...or did it escape from her home? This may tell the police if it was someone in the park, an intruder, or someone who could have followed her back from the park.

a concerned momma of 3 said...

Dear friends and family of Ms. Bywater, first and foremost, you have done a wonderful job and Cayle is so lucky to have friends like you. Secondly, I would like to say, that the authorities, first said that there was no link from Hilton to the North Carolina couple and now there is, so I would wait to see if they change thier minds. We live in North Georgia between Gainesville and Blairsville, I am going to down load some of the fliers and get them posted. My thoughts and prayers are with you. My huband is a Capt with the fire department and has a good bit of search and rescue skills, he was looking for Meredith last week, if there is anything we can do for the family or friends please let us know.

Anonymous said...

may you bring your cayle home soon. i pray God be with you.

Anonymous said...

I went to high school with Cayle in Dunwoody, and I am praying to God that Cayle's case does not end like Meredith's--I remain hopeful that Cayle will be found alive and okay. God bless all of you out there that are working so hard to find Cayle and bring her home safe.

scrappydog said...

To the family of Cayle Bywater:
My prayers are with you! I'm going to e-mail Nancy Grace now asking for her help in stepping up media coverage.

Anonymous said...

im sorry but how can they exclude the fact that gary michael hilton is not someway connected - it appears she was followed and lured out of her house someway and kidnapped. the video her mother did said computer lights and candles were burning I would convince the GBI to take this serious.

athens is the same area where meredith's memorial is going to be friday and where her spokesperson lives. seems that hilton gets around the roads and lurks on hikers, park goers and dog lovers

A co-worker reported Bywater, 29, missing Monday after she failed to show up for work at Aromas wine bar in Five Points. The co-worker told police she found Bywater's purse, and other belongings on her car, parked outside her house, where the basement door was open and Bywater's dog was running loose outside.

That paragraph sounds all so familiar.

Time is an essence for Cayle, I really do hope hilton didn't cross paths with her but please beg of them to interragate Hilton of Cayle's whereabouts. Day 10 (breaks my heart)

Anonymous said...

A month ago, there were Athens news reports about a man in a white van who was pretending to be a taxi service and attempted to lure women into the van. Hilton has two white vans. This morning's radio news report said any link between Hilton and Bywater is unlikely. I'm not so sure about that. Cayle went missing 12/29 and Meredith on 1/1. I wonder if Hilton may have taken Cayle up to the mountains and I hope the authorities continue searching up there with bloodhounds.

Anonymous said...

I certainly hope that she is found safe, I just fear that there is something really familiar about the two cases, I really hope that the GBI interrogates this sick bastard and they find this beautiful young woman. GOD BLESS THIS FAMILY.

Kemit said...

This is my theory... I have been thinking about it and looking at the articles written by Athens-Banner Herald... Ok... One of the first articles written about emerson the missing hiker in vogel state park... once authorities had gotten a person of interest the said they wanted to talk to Hilton... The old man.. they said he has two White Astro Vans Registered in his name and the GA tag numbers XXXXXX... I know this sounds bad, and i am praying for Cayles safe return however... The authorities have now established that Hilton has roamed all over North GA... I think he is the White Van Driver who was pretending to be a taxi driver during UGA football homes games... He struck a couple times.. Moved on to FL & TN i think were the older couple went missing, and in FL where the female was found in a national forest down there and in addition to returned to his normal stomping grounds in and around the Atlanta Area... Then returned to Athens around new years abducted Cayle.... and then traveled to vogel to abduct Emerson and later kill.. I know it sounds grim.... but i just had to get my theory off my chest i hope and pray that i am wrong... I also read that both emerson cayle have a connection to gwinnett county... I dont think it would to far fetched to say that they may have had contact with him prior to any of this... and he got enough info from them to be able to abduct both of them... In my opinion both cayle and emerson have a lot in common, they are attractive, young females, and both of them have a dog...

Sorry, my thoughts and prayers are with both cayle's family, and i hope they find her ok and she has wondered off and gotten lost due to medical issues... and i really wish emerson could have been found alive... my thoughts and prayers are with her family as well.

Just wanted to put out my theory out there... for someone to look over... maybe i am going about it wrong and my theory doesnt make since.... Hopefully that is the case.....

They have proven that he roams all over GA.. and they even believe him to be reponsible for a homicide in FL.. and Duck Town TN... Athens is closer than any of those places... And there was a gap or the suspicious van attacks had seemed to have cesed for a time period.. And i think Hilton was killing the couple in TN and the girl in FL during that time period... and then went to athens to stike again and took advantage of Cayles current mental state... and then happened upon Emerson in Vogel... I mean authorites know he killed emerson but they dont know where, when, or why yet... Were her body was found could have been soley a dump location... Technically the crime scene spans from vogel all the way to near Atlanta.. Cuz there is no telling what evidence he threw out the window or discarded along the way.... Either Way i still hope cayle is ok... and i am completely wrong.. but even her family says its not like to wonder off even with her disability... they believe she has been abducted but are hoping that she will be returned safely.... I just hope that him being captured unexpectidly maybe he had not had time to finish what he started... But again no one knows... there is no sign of foul play at her home or memorial park... all people know is that she was not herself, and she appeared to be confused, and disoriented.... and if she was i dont think she would ever leave her dog or the dog leave her... i think he would have simply followed her to where ever she believed she was taking herself... (Due to her current state of mind)... but something unexpected happened hilton stopped on south milladge after seeing her alone.. and probably already upset because people down town have gotten smarter the ACCPD taxi/alchol enforcement unit have doubled their efforts to make sure all Taxis are certified and legit... so he went down town realized there was no one to take advantage of and was on his way out... say her and snatched her up... dog probably attempted to follow but couldnt cuz she was in a vehicle so it wondered back to where she had taken him earlier that day maybe think she was there... and then someone found him... Lost and Alone.. Took him back to where he lives... and then the story has been unfolding ever since....

Again this is just my opinion/theory and i hope and pray that i am wrong... I think authorities need to search for a way to prove Hilton had been in Athens in any recent months... If he has been givin the evidence that is for sure (the murder of emerson), it shows just what a crazy, and sick person he is and capable of... if he has been in athens, even if cayle is found safe and sound... Hilton wasnt in Athens to enjoy the scenery... He was there to see was vulnerable person he could take have taken advantage of..... Also maybe he had an partner…. Some one who was younger…..

Anonymous said...

♥♥♥♥♥ Still my feelings that Hilton had something to do with Cayle's death. I don't understand how her glasses were found under a bush near the restrooms, she was at home, computer on candles lit and items of hers on her car hood. Yet they found her body in the pond. how far is the water from the restroom ? The odds of someones glasses lost in a totally diff. location then their body *smells to me like foul play. Sick man Hilton on the loose in the area. preying on girls in the parks with dogs. Cayle goes missing on the 29th Meredith missing on the 1st - both having funerals in Anthens Ga. seems very unlikely that they aren't connected.

I do hope answers are found. I will keep all of the friends, family & Ollie in my Prayers during this time.

I am sorry I am not able to attend the memorial services but I will be there in my thoughts ♥♥♥♥♥

 
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