November 19, 2013

The UGA Student Who Was Found Dead Wasn't Murdered

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The body of Rebecca Greene, a UGA student who had been missing since yesterday, was found in a creek near The Plaza this morning. She lived on nearby Indale Avenue, according to university records.

From Athens-Clarke County police:

The body of REBECCA ELAINE GREENE, 22, of Brunswick, Georgia, was found this morning in a creek on The Plaza in Athens, Georgia. GREEN is a University of Georgia student. The last contact anyone had with her was on Monday evening around 5:30 p.m. 

Greene’s body was found by an Athens-Clarke County police officer searching the area of The Plaza where Greene’s phone was last detected. The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) assist with the investigation into Green’s death. University of Georgia Police is also assisting with the investigation. 

Greene’s body will be transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur where an autopsy will be performed to determine a cause of death. 

Anyone having information regarding this investigation should call the Athens-Clarke County Police Department Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 706-613-3342

According to her Google+ profile, Greene was majoring in chemistry and minoring in philosophy and was a certified yoga teacher.

UPDATE: Police said at 9 p.m. that there was no foul play in Greene's death, but they did not say how she died.

"Following an extensive forensic investigation of the site where the body of REBECCA ELAINE GREENE was located this morning in Athens, Georgia, her body was transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Decatur. An autopsy was completed by the medical examiner and the preliminary results indicate that it was not a homicide, no foul play was involved, and no one else had a role in her death. Final results are pending further testing."