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By PEYTON ELLIOTT
One year later, the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for the vehicle that struck and killed a 55-year-old Alabama man on Hwy. 48.
Officials narrowed down the vehicle that had struck Mark Snay after finding a mirror at the scene of the incident. They believed the mirror belonged to a 2007-2009 Lincoln SUV and sent it to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta to determine the color and model of the vehicle.
Sheriff Schrader contacted the GBI crime lab on Dec. 30 to see if there were any new developments. The model of the vehicle has been narrowed down and officials believe they are searching for a black SUV.
“We are looking for a 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX SUV,” he said. “There was some trace evidence pulled from the body at the crime lab that found black paint on the victim’s clothing. Other than that, this is where we’re at.”
On Jan. 4, 2021, deputies found the body of Snay, of Fort Payne, Ala., lying face down in a drainage ditch on Hwy. 48. Investigators determined Snay had been hit by a passing vehicle and had been in the ditch for about 17 hours before a passing motorist spotted it.
The night before, motorists spotted Snay in dark clothing and a red jacket walking east on Hwy. 48 near the edge of the white line on the roadside. Deputy Alan Garmany responded to a call about Snay and was the last to see him alive. Garmany checked on the man near JP Smith Lumber and even offered him a ride. Snay refused, saying he would rather walk, and was struck later that night approximately 500 feet west of East Peach Orchard Hill Road.
The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office is still accepting calls regarding information about the incident. Those with knowledge of the event are encouraged to contact Sheriff Mark Schrader at 678-767-3175 or Chief Investigator Jason Burrage at 706-506-7249.