Mr. Jordan had been recognized to hikers and regulation enforcement companies whose jurisdictions stretch alongside the path since April, when he was accused of threatening individuals on the path in Unicoi County, Tenn., the arrest affidavit mentioned. Hikers shared images and descriptions of him on social media after he waved a knife and an ax at a shelter, Mr. King mentioned.
On Friday, on a portion of the path that veers into Smyth County in southwest Virginia, Mr. Jordan approached 4 hikers and acted “disturbed and unstable,” taking part in his guitar and singing, the affidavit mentioned.
The 4 hikers moved on, and later arrange camp alongside a portion of path that veers into neighboring Wythe County, however Mr. Jordan caught up with them, “spoke to the hikers through their tents, and threatened to pour gasoline on their tents and burn them to death,” the affidavit mentioned.
The group packed up. But as they tried to go away, Mr. Jordan approached them with a lengthy knife, it mentioned. Two of the hikers escaped, with Mr. Jordan in pursuit, in accordance to the affidavit. He returned to the campsite and started arguing with one other hiker, fatally stabbing him within the higher a part of his physique, it mentioned.
The girl who was with him ran, however Mr. Jordan caught up to her, the affidavit mentioned. She turned to face him and raised her arms as if to give up, however Mr. Jordan stabbed her till she fell to the bottom and performed lifeless, in accordance to the affidavit. After he left to discover his canine, she ran down the path and discovered different hikers who helped her hike six miles to security, it mentioned.
It was a pit bull combine and GPS coordinates that led to Mr. Jordan’s arrest.
Sheriff Dunagan mentioned that earlier than daybreak on Saturday, his deputies had been knowledgeable of the S.O.S. message that the hiker’s hand-held GPS machine had transmitted. They set off into the forest and encountered different hikers who mentioned they’d been unnerved by a man who had talked to them through the night time, attempting to get them to unzip their tent so he might borrow a flashlight, Sheriff Dunagan mentioned.
The canine approached them, the sheriff mentioned. The crew adopted it to Mr. Jordan, who was matted in khakis and a plaid shirt, Sheriff Dunagan mentioned. There had been bloodstains on the person’s clothes.