Officer Colon of the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania police department confirmed with AppalachianTrail.com on Wednesday, July 18, that the hiker who was attacked in Gettysburg early on Thursday, July 12, 2012, is now safe at home.
Michael Andrew Kolodziejczyk, age 46, from Tuscaloosa, AL, was treated at a hospital in Gettysburg for burns on his hands, arms, face and scalp, before being released.
Mr. Kolodziejczyk walked into Gettysburg on July 12th for supplies to continue his thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. He was confronted by five assailants in a small blue car. One attacker threw flammable liquid on Mr. Kolodziejczyk, and another attacker threw a match that set the victim on fire.
Rewards are available for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the violent criminals who attacked Mr. Kolodziejczyk, a member of the Appalachian Trail family.
Anyone with a tip is encouraged to call Gettysburg police at 717-334-1168 or Adams County Control at 717-334-8101.
Adams County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrests and convictions of the people involved. The local phone number for Crime Stoppers is 717-334-8057.
Officer Colon said Crime Stoppers can also be reached at 800-869-8057.
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Published Nov 27, 2013.
Published Apr 28, 2016. The status of forest fires threatening the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Virginia can be checked at the government website InciWeb.
Published Aug 13, 2015. Fires in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest at Bald Knob & Wolf Creek continue to burn. Smoke can be seen by hikers on the Appalachian Trail.
Published May 4, 2016. The Forest Service says the Silver Mine Fire near Hot Springs, NC, is 100% contained. The Appalachian Trail has reopened to hikers.
Published Nov 25, 2016. Please, observe the fire ban that extends along the path of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Virginia and in national forests nearby.