Two men who had been missing for a week were found dead Saturday morning, victims of a car wreck on Ga. Highway 11 near Surrey Chase Drive.
James Eugene Mason, 39, from South Carolina, and Robert Michael Dempsey, 34, died after the 1996 Chevrolet Lumina they were in went off the roadway and struck a tree before landing in a ravine. According to Lt. Tyrone Oliver with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, the car had been reported stolen by Dempsy’s sister on Jan. 1 and both men had been reported missing on Jan. 2.
The vehicle was not found until Jan. 8, when two people looking for scrap metal noticed parts of the car in the ravine. According to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, the last contact either man had with family members was around 5:30 a.m. Jan. 1.
An accident re-creation showed that Dempsey was the driver and was thrown from the car. The vehicle apparently left the road in a curve, vaulted over a culvert, struck a tree and then traveled down an embankment, coming to rest upside down with extensive damage.