An Atlanta man out for an afternoon of hiking fell to his death from Stone Mountain on March 23.
According to Stone Mountain Park Police, the body of Antony Edge was found by park police at 8:31 a.m. on March 24 approximately 14 hours after he last communicated with his wife by cell phone. Edge, 35, was found about 150 feet west of the carving on the mountain. He was an Emory MBA student and a banker.
At a press conference at the park before noon on Wednesday, Stone Mountain Park Police Chief Chuck Kelley said foul play is not suspected and there are no indications that Edge tried to harm himself. Kelley said it appears that Edge crossed fencing on the mountain and was on a steep part of the monolith when the fall occurred.
Edge had been reported missing the day before by his wife Melissa Edge. Family and friends gathered with her at the park on Wednesday morning as police searched the grounds and a search helicopter flew overhead.
Initially there were concerns about whether Edge might be inside or outside the park. His vehicle remained in the park’s lot near where walkers ascend the mountain. However, a cell phone provider indicated that Edge’s phone was giving off a signal from outside the park, said authorities who indicated that the phone might have been picked up and carried out of the park by someone else.
The case has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.