A Covington woman was found dead Saturday morning in the woods after accidentally falling off a five-foot wall and breaking her neck, according to the Covington Police Department.
May Louise Dempsey, 57, was found by her boyfriend and caretaker, George Andreassan, near the Fountain Banquet Hall and Super 8 Motel along Alcovy Road on Saturday morning shortly before 8:30 a.m.
Deputy Assistant Coroner Tommy Davis pronounced her dead at 8:35 a.m.
CDP spokesperson Lt. Wendell Wagstaff said Dempsey had gone out to buy an 18-pack of beer from a nearby convenience store around 7:42 p.m. the night before. Video surveillance from the store showed she appeared to be intoxicated, said Wagstaff.
On the way back, she was apparently walking along the embankment when she fell off the wall, which was overgrown with tall grasses and brambles that hid the depth of the drop off, said Wagstaff.
An autopsy from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations revealed she died from "blunt force trauma."
"She broke her neck completely," Wagstaff said, adding there were rocks at the bottom of the wall. "Her head hit the ground first."
Andreassan, who had been at Wal-Mart when Dempsey left to buy the beer, grew concerned and looked for her the night before and flagged down a CPD officer to report that she was missing, said Wagstaff. In the morning, he went out to look for her again and discovered her body.
CPD investigated Andreassan and determined there was no foul play in Dempsey's death, said Wagstaff.
Andreassan, who said he lived with her for six years at the Super 8 Motel and described himself as her caretaker, said there should have been a fence at that portion of the wall to prevent such accidents. He said she had been in good health, other than some liver problems.
The family has been notified and are handling funeral arrangements, he said.