The victim of a March 9 wreck had been reported missing before her car was found overturned in a creek near Tanners Mill Road, according to a Hall County Sheriff’s Office motor vehicle crash report.
Courtney Brannon, 21, of Braselton, was driving a 1998 Honda Civic EX southbound on the road when the car traveled off the roadway in a curve, according to the report.
“There are still currently unknown circumstances that suggest criminal activity is afoot,” according to the report.
The report lists the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office as the lead investigator in the case, but Barrow Sheriff Jud Smith told The Times on Tuesday, March 20, that his office is not at all involved in the case.
Smith said there was a rumor that Brannon was reported missing in Barrow County, but that her mother actually reported her missing in Hall County. Unless new information surfaces, he said, Barrow County won’t be involved in the investigation.
The crash was reported to dispatch at 2:15 p.m. March 13, according to the crash report. The estimated time of the crash is 5:15 p.m. March 9.
Authorities believe Brannon may have been under the influence of drugs. Results of a drug test are pending and will take 10 to 12 weeks, according to Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Scott Ware.
An obituary on Dignity Memorial noted that Brannon graduated from Faith Academy, loved God, her family, the color pink and “anything leopard print.” She also “had a contagious laugh and enjoyed shopping.”
Anyone with information on the case can call Sgt. John Morgan at 770-718-2383 or the Hall Sheriff’s Office tip line at 770-503-3232. Callers can remain anonymous.
Nick Bowman contributed to this report.