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Police seek leads in pedestrian death

Nearly a month after a man who was reportedly homeless was found dead along an embankment near the Flint River in Jonesboro, police say he was the victim of a hit-and-run driver.

Police are looking for the motorist, but have few leads.

Robert Leroy Redeye, 54, was found dead near a bridge at Flint River Road and Kendrick Road on the afternoon of Jan. 10, police said.

"The victim had been reported as a missing person approximately an hour and a half prior to my arrival ... due to the fact the victim never made it to work, and had not been seen since the previous day," police said in an incident report.

On Wednesday, police said Redeye had been struck by an unknown vehicle and had died of massive internal injuries sometime after 9:19 p.m., the evening before he was found by a passerby and reported to police.

Clayton County Police Lt. Tina Daniel said authorities are asking the public for help in determining who may have struck Redeye. "As of right now, we don't have a whole lot to go on," she said.

Redeye was employed by a local Waffle House restaurant, according to the incident report, which also said police spoke to two witnesses at the restaurant, which is located at 8765 Tara Blvd.

"Witness # 1 advised she was dating the victim, and she last saw him ... when he was going to work," the report said.

"The victim [Redeye] and witness # 1 both live in the woods ... [on] Tara Blvd. Witness # 1 and witness # 2 both advised the victim had diabetes, which he took medication for, and that the victim had a very bad time trying to see at night," police said in the report.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident was asked to call Detective J. Hutto at (770) 473-5474.

-- From Staff Reports