ATHENS, Ga. — Authorities on Tuesday found the body of a University of Georgia student reported missing earlier in the day by her boyfriend.
Rebecca Elaine Greene, 22, was found in a creek off the side of The Plaza, a street in west Athens not far from where the student lived with her boyfriend on Indale Avenue.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
Authorities found the woman after they were able to ping her cellphone’s signal about 10:30 a.m.
Police notified Greene’s parents Tuesday afternoon after they drove from their home near Brunswick to meet with officials at a Georgia State Patrol post in Dublin.
Police said the boyfriend reported that he had last spoken with Greene at about 5:30 p.m. Monday when she was supposed to be at UGA’s science library. They were trying to arrange for the boyfriend to pick her up, police said, but Greene later sent a text message stating that she would either take a bus or walk home.
After not hearing from Greene again, the boyfriend told police he sent her several text messages, but received no responses. He also told police that it appeared his girlfriend’s cellphone had been turned off after 6:15 p.m. as calls went straight to voicemail. Greene’s boyfriend said it appeared that the phone was turned back on shortly before 9 p.m., but his calls went unanswered, according to police.
He notified the woman’s parents at about 11:25 p.m. that she hadn’t returned home, police said.
While circumstances surrounding Greene’s death are investigated, authorities with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and Georgia Bureau of Investigation have cordoned off a portion of The Plaza where it intersects with Glendale Avenue.
In the missing person’s report, Greene’s boyfriend told police she was a chemistry major and worked at the Earth Fare organic foods market on South Lumpkin Street.
Greene’s home address is in Hortense, an unincorporated community in Brantley County about 40 miles from Brunswick.
The student’s body was to be taken for an autopsy at the GBI’s Crime Lab in Decatur, where officials hope to determine the cause of death.