Tragic End to Search for Missing 13-Year-Old Girl in Sumter County

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Letia Greene

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office announced a heartbreaking turn of events in the search for 13-year-old Letia Green, who had been reported missing on Saturday, March 23, 2024.

Letia was last seen around 3 pm that day at her home on Arch Helms Road in Americus, GA, with a red adult-sized mountain bike. Concerns escalated when her whereabouts remained unknown.

Efforts to locate Letia intensified, with multiple agencies and volunteers joining the search. Agencies including the Georgia State Patrol, Georgia State Patrol Aviation Division, Sumter Fire and Rescue, Sumter Fire Dive Team, Georgia Department of Corrections K-9, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Americus Police Department, Goldstar EMS, and the Sumter County Schools System lent their support.

On Sunday morning, a discovery was made when Letia’s bike was found approximately half a mile from her home. However, Letia herself remained missing.

Tragically, on Sunday afternoon at 4:45 pm, Sumter County Sheriff Eric D. Bryant confirmed the worst fears. Letia Green was found deceased in a pond. While there are currently no apparent signs of foul play, the investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office is collaborating with the Coroner’s Office to determine the cause of Letia’s death.

In a statement, Sheriff Bryant expressed gratitude to the community for their support and assistance during the search. He urged anyone with information to come forward and contact the Sheriff’s Office at 229-924-4094.

The Sheriff’s Office also extended appreciation to the National Center for Missing and Endangered, Inc. for their assistance and recognized the significant outreach efforts on social media, with the missing person alert receiving over 2.5K shares.

Now, as the community grapples with this tragic loss, the Sheriff’s Office is calling for support in consoling Letia’s family and the Sumter County Intermediate School family during this difficult time.

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