Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local News

July 23, 2007

Man hangs himself at Sumter YDC

AMERICUS — A young man died Sunday night at the Sumter County YDC (Youth Development Campus), McMath Mill Road in rural Sumter County.

Greg Hancock, Sumter County coroner, identified the victim as Jon Alexander Scott, 18, of Blackshear. He said the body had been sent to the crime lab in Atlanta and results confirmed suicide. Hancock said the man hung himself with a bed sheet, and that his body was found at 8 p.m. Sunday by one of the correctional officers.

Steve Hayes, director of Public Affairs, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), would say nothing more than that the investigation is underway and is being led by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). He said, “Preliminarily, it seems to be suicide. Our focus is on the investigation and the youth’s family.”

Trebor Randall, assistant special agent-in-charge of the GBI’s Region 3 (Americus) office, would only confirm that her office is investigating the death. She referred all other questions to the GBI’s public information officer, John Bankhead in Atlanta. Bankhead only confirmed that the investigation is ongoing.

According to the DJJ’s web site, the Sumter facility is “long term” with a 150 all-male population, offering “specialized programming including a cognitive restructure program with ... group therapy, transitional services, mental health and medical services. The campus also provides education, individual guidance and counseling, medical services, vocational services, and recreation. Vocational programming includes industrial trades, culinary arts, computer technology, and horticulture.”

The Sumter YDC opened on Sept. 29, 2000.

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