It is no secret that the United States possesses beautiful geography. From the flat pine forests of southern New Jersey, to the vast prairies of the Midwest, the hills of Tennessee and the mighty mountains of the western Rockies, America offers a diverse natural landscape unlike any other nation on earth. While some Americans across the nation are hardy outdoorsmen who take full advantage of the country’s scenic wonders and riches, many others are casual tourists who arrive at state and federal parks for brief vacations and are often unprepared for the risks of exploration off the beaten path. Such was the case of Olivia Samantha Fowler, who, at age 27, arrived at Pebblebrook road in a rural portion of Meriwether County, Georgia. While Ms. Fowler was a local, one may question her decision to go hiking while wearing a pair of flip flops. After being last seen at half past 10 o’clock that morning, she was never heard from again. Now, two years later, her remains were discovered, and the mother of three has been confirmed deceased.
Fowlers remains were possibly initially discovered in late 2022. The Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office first received a mysterious tip in December of that year. After acting on that tip, officers found human remains, which were confirmed to be identified as Ms. Fowlers on August 21st, over a week ago.
Unfortunately, this tragic story of the young woman from the Peach State follows a similar archetype of stories that are becoming all too common in modern America. As violent crime levels rise in cities across the nation, it appears that now even in rural areas traditionally deemed less susceptible to serious criminal activity are now being affected. In May of 2023, another young woman named Lauren Heike was stabbed to death while hiking outside of Phoenix, Arizona. It appears that no matter the location, in rural or urban America, people must be cautious.