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On a post in a Facebook group, and a comment on a True Crime page, its possible Mostly Harmless was potentially Identified.
The commenter stated the police were aware and investigating. A lot of things appear to match up, from age, looks, and family history and location to things Mostly Harmless said about himself to people he met on the trail.
The Collier County Sheriffs office released a statement regarding the potential identification and asked that the photo and name not be shared until a scientific identification can be confirmed and family notified if it is indeed Mostly Harmless.
We will be refraining from releasing the name and photo here until such time the authorities have done so, however we believe that it is likely that the mystery surrounding Mostly Harmless may have been solved.
Many people hike the Appalachian Trail, making relationships along the way and blazing a trail that will impact others. They hike for many reasons, some to get away from society, some to get away from their troubles. Its a lifestyle, and one that many swear by. Along the trail its not uncommon to be referred to by trail names. Some say your trail name is given to you along the trail while others have chosen their trail names. That is what brings us here to the story of Mostly Harmless AKA Denim.
Not a lot is known for sure about Mostly Harmless. It is believed he began his time on the trail in April of 2017 when he began hiking in a state park north of New York City. He began south on the trail through Pennsylvania and Maryland. Those who he met along the way were told he had been in the tech industry and he wanted to get away. They believed him to be an inexperienced hiker due to the large size of the backpack he carried and the jeans he wore for the first few weeks on the trail. It is believed that those jeans he wore, is the origin of the trail name Denim. Later on his trail name would change to Mostly Harmless.
In the summer of 2017 he had made it to Virginia where he hiked with a long time hiker named Obsidian. She shared with him knowledge on how to make a fire and life on the trail. She took several photos of Mostly Harmless during their time together.
By December he was in Georgia where he shopped at local store. Mostly Harmless told the clerk while there that he was headed to the Florida Keys. The clerk told him about maps he could download and he learned that Mostly Harmless did not carry a phone. The clerk printed 60 pages of maps for Mostly Harmless. He paid for the maps in cash. He took a photo of Mostly Harmless in his shop.
By January Mostly Harmless had made it to Northern Florida, he ran into a trail angel, named Kelly Fairbanks. While they talked he mentioned he had started in New York and was headed to Key West.
In July of 2018, July 23 to be exact two hikers were hiking the Cypress National Preserve. They came across a place called Nobles Camp and rested there. There was a yellow tent set up and they called out to the person who they assumed was inside as there were boots outside the tent. They noticed a foul odor and after looking inside discovered the emaciated body of a male later identified at Mostly Harmless.
There were no indications of foul play and investigators could not determine the hows and whys of his death. He carried no identification and went only by the alias Ben Blimey, mostly harmless and denim, when signing into logs on the trail.
Mostly Harmless was found inside of a yellow 2 person camping tent made by Brooks-Range Mountaineering, the model was Foray.
Outside the tent were the hiking boots belonging to Mostly Harmless
The hiking poles that Mostly Harmless carried in photos and when he met with Kelly Fairbanks
Mostly Harmless was found with an unusual amount of cash inside his tent.
Mostly Harmless carried a notebook with what appeared to be technical coding for what is suspected is a game called Screeps.
In addition to the hiking boots a pair of tennis shoes were found outside the tent in nobles camp
The writing is suspected in online forums to be coding related to a game called Screeps. PDF Courtesy of the Collier County Sheriffs Department