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In Georgia, Black-American Found Hanging From Tree

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has been called to assist the Towns County Sheriff’s Department following the grim discovery of a body at High Shoals Falls, a frequented hiking destination in North Georgia. The incident, which unfolded around 2 p.m. near Indian Grave Gap Road in the Swallow Creek Wildlife Management Area, has sent shockwaves through the community of Hiawassee, according to reporting by FOX 5 Atlanta Digital Team.

Upon their arrival, deputies encountered a distressing scene: a person, later identified as 29-year-old Trevonte Jamal Shubert-Helton of Sautee Nacoochee, a Black-American, was found hanging from a tree. This discovery was promptly shared by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office via a Facebook post, underscoring the gravity of the situation.

The GBI’s involvement underscores the seriousness with which local authorities are treating this case. Preliminary findings suggest that Shubert-Helton’s death was an isolated incident, and he was alone at the time. An autopsy is slated to be conducted by the GBI’s medical examiner to further investigate the circumstances surrounding this tragic event.

Located approximately 80 miles northeast of Atlanta, High Shoals Falls is known for its scenic beauty, making this incident particularly shocking to the hiking community and local residents alike.