Man missing from hippie gathering in Georgia shows up ... in Brainerd

The spiritual event in Georgia was rife with drugs, and a murder was also reported.
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This is one of the more bizarre missing persons cases you'll see in Minnesota.

This past Saturday, deputies in Crow Wing County came across a young man walking to a home on Country Lane, north of Brainerd, inquiring about an air compressor.

It turns out that this man, identified as 20-year-old CJ Elliot, had been reported missing 10 days earlier ... in Georgia.

Now this is where it gets really bizarre. Elliott went missing at The Rainbow Family gathering, which saw thousands of people enter the Chattahoochee National Forest for a counterculture event celebrating peace, harmony, freedom and respect.

The forest, by the way, is some 1,200 miles away from Brainerd.

The Brainerd Dispatch reports that Elliott was put in contact with his family after being found by Crow Wing County deputies, noting that his family had feared the worst after he went missing.

On Facebook the day he was found, Elliott wrote: "Im sorry for worrying everyone and thank you to everyone one who tried looking for me and whatnot i feel really bad about having everyone worried and causing such a big ordeal [sic]."

Details of exactly how he made it to Minnesota haven'y been revealed, but when he was initially reported as missing, authorities said he was last seen in a 1993 Chevy.

In a reply to another commenter, he said "I figured id go explore the country since i dont have a job rn cant go on a cross country adventure if ya gotta be at work everyday [sic]."

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This year's Rainbow gathering seemed to descend into chaos, with Elliott one of two people reported missing following the event – the other of whom was later found in South Carolina, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office.

Meanwhile, media reports from Georgia state that police seized a wide variety of drugs at the event, including heroin and LSD, as WSB TV reports, while an 18-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by a 20-year-old man she met at the gathering.

It was the 47th year the Rainbow Family gathering has been held, though the first time it has happened in Georgia. It sees a band of nature lovers, artists, hippies and self-described misfits enter remote forests around the world to preach peace and commune with nature.

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