TUPELO, MS Oct 5 2010 (AP) – Authorities say a Tupelo dentist who had been missing since Sunday has been found dead in Alabama, the victim in an apparent car accident. Dr. Thurmond Beasley was 67.
Beasley was driving home from a visit with relatives in Georgia when the one-vehicle wreck occurred. A road crew saw his car Thursday while performing work on Interstate 20 near Anniston, Ala., according to a press release from the Tupelo Police Department.
Anniston Coroner Rudy Rooks told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Beasley died from blunt force trauma.
Beasley was reported missing by his family after failing to arrive home from the weekend trip.
Atlanta GA Sept 30 2010
A longtime Tupelo, Miss., dentist is missing after visiting family in Atlanta, police said. Thurmond Beasley checked out of the Hyatt Regency Hotel on 265 Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta and has not been heard from since, police said.
“According to a family member, he called for his vehicle to be brought around for him … that’s his last known whereabouts,” Capt. Chuck Bunn of the Tupelo police told the AJC.
Beasley, 67, keeps in frequent contact with his family by cell phone, Bunn said. When they didn’t hear from him Sunday afternoon, and when he didn’t arrive home by that evening, they contacted the police, Bunn said.
Beasley has been a dentist in Tupelo for 35 years, and had appointments scheduled Monday, Bunn said.
Authorities in Atlanta are helping the Tupelo, Miss., police department in their investigation. Beasley’s family – daughter, son and brother — came to Atlanta Wednesday to meet with police, Bunn said.
Police said Beasley was last seen driving his 2004 black Lexus 300. The car has tinted windows and an “Omega Psi Phi” fraternity license tag on the front and a Meharry Medical School Alumni tag border around that.
The Mississippi license plate tag number is: LFH500.
Police did not give a complete description of Beasley, but they did provide a photo of him.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Tupelo Mississippi Police at 662-841-6546