[at-l] Gettysburg Evening Sun

RockDancer rockdancer97 at comcast.net
Mon Mar 4 07:57:21 CST 2013

This was posted on yesterday's on-line edition. There's a bit more detail
than the story I heard last summer. --RockDancer

Investigation still Open
The investigation into the Appalachian Trail hiker who was set on fire by
passersby in Gettysburg this summer is still open, nearly six months after
the incident occurred, police said.

Gettysburg Police have had trouble contacting the victim, Michael Andrew
Kolodziejczyk, according to Chief Joseph Dougherty said. Police were unable
to locate Kolodziejczyk at the of Tuscaloosa, Ala. address he provided, and
they heard word that he travels often to other states.

Police said Kolodziejczyk had been hiking the Appalachian Trail and made a
trip to Gettysburg on July 12 around 1 a.m. to pick up supplies along
Baltimore Street when a small blue car passed him. The car's occupants - two
black men, one white man and two white women - yelled something about him
being homeless, according to the crime report.

When Kolodziejczyk yelled something back, the vehicle turned around.
Kolodziejczyk left Baltimore Street in an attempt to avoid a confrontation,
police said, but his attackers caught up with him at the intersection of
Court and Levan alleys.

One of the black men threw the liquid contents of a cup on Kolodziejczyk
while the white man lit a match, igniting the liquid, police said.
Kolodziejczyk suffered burns to his face, scalp and arms. The fire also
damaged his clothes, backpack and its contents.

Kolodziejczyk was treated at Gettysburg Hospital and told police he was
headed back to Alabama four days later.

Anyone with information can contact the Gettysburg Police Department at


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