Authorities look at North Carolina and Florida deaths

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation say they're investigating a possible connection between the case of a missing hiker and the disappearance and presumed killings of a North Carolina couple in October.

They also plan to meet with Florida investigators about the death of a woman.

In the Florida case, the body of Cheryl Hodges Dunlap was found December 19th in the Apalachicola National Forest, southwest of Tallahassee.

Authorities say a masked person suspected in Dunlap's death used her ATM card three times after her disappearance December first.

GBI officials say those cases may be linked to Gary Michael Hilton, who led authorities to the body of 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson in a wooded area of north Georgia. An autopsy is planned today.

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