The grandfather of lacking Georgia toddler Quinton Simon was killed after he was struck by a car that fled the scene, deputies mentioned.
Henry Dale Moss Sr. was discovered round 7:20 a.m. on Wednesday mendacity off of the highway on Freeway 23 in Burke County. Moss, 61, of Girard, Georgia, was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
“Preliminary investigation signifies the male was struck whereas within the roadway by an unknown car,” Burke County Sheriff’s Workplace Capt. Jimmy Wylds mentioned in a information launch.
The company requested for the general public’s assist in figuring out the driving force and car that struck Moss.
“Sheriff Williams is providing a reward for the data that leads us to the person liable for this hit-and-run fatality,” the information launch states, including that callers can stay nameless.
The Georgia State Patrol is helping with the investigation. A spokesperson had no additional particulars.
Moss is the paternal grandfather of Quinton, the 20-month-old toddler who was reported lacking on Oct. 5 by his mom, Leilani Simon. She known as 911 and mentioned that he had vanished from his playpen.
Police later mentioned they consider Quinton was lifeless after they spent greater than per week looking out the home and surrounding space. Authorities consider his stays are in a landfill outdoors Savannah however mentioned Wednesday the probabilities of recovering them are “low.”
“We have now spent two weeks digging by hundreds of tons of rubbish. We knew going into this landfill search, the chances of recovering Quinton’s stays have been low,” the Chatham County Police Division mentioned in a Twitter thread. “Most landfill searches don’t finish in a restoration attributable to many elements together with quantity of trash to look and compression of the particles, nonetheless we keep centered.”
Simon is the prime suspect in her son’s disappearance and presumed demise, though she has by no means been arrested or charged.
NBC affiliate WSAV-TV of Savannah mentioned that Quinton’s paternal grandmother died final week. Police didn’t launch particulars about what occurred.