Special to SEGAZINE
Authorities on have located the body of a University of Georgia student from Hortense who was reported missing earlier in the day by her boyfriend.
Rebecca Elaine Greene, 22, was found in a creek off the side of The Plaza, a street in west Athens not far from where she lived with her boyfriend on Indale Avenue.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
Authorities located the woman after they were able to ping her cellphone’s signal at about 10:30 a.m.
Police notified Greene’s parents Tuesday afternoon after they drove from their home to meet with officials at a Georgia State Patrol post in Dublin.
Greene lived in the 200 block of Indale Avenue, a street that connects The Plaza and Glendale Avenue and not far from where her body was found.
Her boyfriend reported her as missing Tuesday morning after Greene failed to return home from campus.
Police said the boyfriend, with whom Greene lived, reported that he had last spoken with Greene at about 5:30 p.m. Monday when she was supposed to be at UGa’s science library. They were trying to arrange for the boyfriend to pick her up, police said, but Greene later sent a text message stating that she would either take a bus or walk home.
After not hearing from Greene again, the boyfriend told police he sent her several text messages, but received no responses. He also told police that it appeared his girlfriend’s cellphone had been turned off after 6:15 p.m. as calls went straight to voicemail. Greene’s boyfriend said it appeared that the phone was turned back on shortly before 9 p.m., but his calls went unanswered, according to police.
He notified the woman’s parents about 11:25 p.m. that she hadn’t returned home, police said.
While circumstances surrounding Greene’s death are investigated, authorities with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and Georgia Bureau of Investigation have cordoned off a portion of The Plaza where it intersects with Glendale Avenue.
In the missing person’s report, Greene’s boyfriend told police she was a chemistry major and worked at the Earth Fare organic foods market on South Lumpkin Street.
The Wayne County school board confirmed Tuesday that she was a 2009 graduate of Wayne County High in Jesup, but her home address was Hortense.
Greene’s body was to be taken to the GBI’s crime lab in Decatur, for an autopsy.
Anyone having information regarding the investigation should call the Athens-Clarke County Police Department Crime Stoppers confidential tip line at (706) 613-3342.