On August 31, 2016 just after 9:00am a 2015 Toyota Tundra belonging to Bertrand Brown, 81, of Locust Grove was located in a heavily wooded area off Goshen Rd near Woodland Highway. The vehicle was located off a woods road near Potato Creek by an individual scouting deer hunting property. The vehicle was more than a mile off the public roadway. Mr. Brown was reported missing to Henry County Police in May 2016. He suffered from alzheimer's disease and diabetes. Brown's last cell phone activity was noted at a cell tower off Gordon School Road in Upson County. There were no positive longitude/latitude coordinates associated with the cell activity, only the location of the cell tower. Several ground, K-9, and helicopter searches were conducted of the area near the cell tower yielding negative results.
Skeletal remains were located near the vehicle as was personal property belonging to Mr. Brown. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded to assist with the investigation. There are no immediate indications of foul play; however, the remains were sent to the State Crime Lab for analysis and positive identification.