By Jason A. Smith
Tom Alan Green, 46, of Hampton, was found dead Dec. 12, near the intersection of Bethelview Drive and Hedgewood Drive in Hampton.
According to Henry County Police, Green's body was found in a ravine, near his 4-wheeler. Although the body was discovered by authorities on Dec. 12, the newspaper was not aware of the accident until a notice of Green's death appeared in an obituary on Thursday.
The discovery came at the conclusion of a two-day search by police and the Spalding County Sheriff's Office, according to Henry Police Sgt. Rene Swanson.
"Spalding County located him in a ravine just inside Henry County with the 4 wheeler on him," said Swanson.
Authorities began looking for Green Dec. 11, according to his mother, Lucille Green.
"The last time I saw him was Thursday night," she said. "He had gone before I left on Friday morning. We expected him to come Friday, and he didn't. We kept calling his cell phone, and it kept going to voicemail."
The mother looked for her son's 4-wheeler in her garage, but did not find it. She then called 911, and the Spalding County Sheriff's Office initiated a search.
Tom Green's body, she added, was found the next morning in the ravine.
"Evidently, the 4-wheeler slipped, and flipped him off," Green said. "He was at the embankment of a creek."
Calls to the Spalding County Sheriff's Office were not returned Friday.
Green said she does not know how long her son was in the ravine, before he was found. She said, although the death is "hurtful," she is confident her son is in a better place.
"I know that he's all right, and we'll be all right," she said. "God took care of him, and he'll take care of us. We just have to go on with our lives. That's exactly what he would want us to do."
Tom Green's memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 14.