Last seen at a New Year's Eve party, two men reportedly went missing around 5:30 a.m. on January 1, 2011. The families of Robert Michael Dempsey and James Eugene Mason reported the two men missing, and the car they were driving was assumed stolen.
However, a pedestrian found a car crashed off Georgia Highway 11 on Saturday morning, New Year's Day. According to the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the pedestrian, a resident of the nearby Surrey Chase subdivision, was walking along the highway looking for scrap metal. Officials say the man found the missing car around 10:30 a.m.
Dempsey, 34, of Oxford, and Mason, 39, of Newberry, SC, were found dead in the 1996 Chevrolet Lumina. The car had traveled down a wooded embankment and was overturned. Police say that no one would have been able to spot the car from the road, and the only way this vehicle would have been found was by someone walking along the shoulder of the highway.
After an investigation into this Georgia car crash, the Georgia State Police say that Dempsey was the driver, and the car was traveling south on Ga. Highway 11. It appears that the car "left the roadway in a curve, vaulted over a culver, struck a tree and then traveled down an embankment, coming to a rest upside down," said Gordy Wright, spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol.
Dempsey was ejected from the car. No one knows exactly when the car crash occurred, but police do know that alcohol and speed were definitely factors in this crash.
We are saddened to hear of this tragedy, and want to remind Georgia drivers not to drink and drive. We send our condolences to the victims' families and friends during this difficult time.