Elderly Man Dies In All Terrain Vehicle Accident On His Farm

July 26, 2006
Dwayne Page

An elderly DeKalb County man died in an all terrain vehicle accident on his farm in the Alexandria-Temperance Hall area Tuesday.

The body of 79 year old Billy Joe Corley of Lower Helton Road, Alexandria was discovered early Wednesday morning.

Detective Charles Griffith of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department says Corley left his house on a three wheeler to check on a cow Tuesday afternoon and when he didn't return family members became concerned and began looking for him.

Authorities were later notified and Griffith says people on foot, on four wheelers, in four wheel drive trucks, and by other means took part in the search including family, friends, neighbors, members of the DeKalb County Rescue Squad, Sheriff's Department, volunteer firefighters, and others. An aerial spotlight search by helicopter was also planned but was canceled because of dense fog. The search continued through the night and into the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning.

According to Griffith, the search was scheduled to resume after sunrise Wednesday, but word came around 5:50 a.m. that members of the family had found the body.

Detective Griffith says it appears Corley lost control of his three wheeler while trying to negotiate a turn on a steep hillside and overturned. His body was found near the three wheeler. Griffith says the accident occurred on Corley's farm approximately a half mile from his home but the three wheeler and body were difficult to find because of the rolling landscape and tall brush and weeds in that area.

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