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Wayne County teacher remembers UGA student from Hortense as involved

Special to SEGAZINE

A community in Georgia is still reeling from the death of a University of Georgia student.

Rebecca Greene was from Hortense in Brantley County, west of Brunswick. She went to Wayne County High School in Jesup, about 20 miles north of her hometown.

Because of faculty turnover at Wayne County High, not many teachers remember Greene, but business and technology teacher Debbie Stephens does. Greene was home-schooled for some of her high school career, but she came to school her senior year where Stephens taught her in accounting.

“Rebecca always had a smile on her face. She was a very good student, a very model student,” said Stephens.

Stephens also introduced Greene to the Future Business Leaders of America group.

“She was quite active. She did go with us to Atlanta to our state leadership conference and had a good time, and she was just a very sweet pleasant person.”

The 22-year old UGA student was found dead near a creek in Athens Tuesday morning. She never came back from campus to the home she shared with her boyfriend Monday night. Police said preliminary autopsy results showed she was not killed, and no foul play was involved in her death.

Greene’s body is at the GBI crime lab in Decatur where there will be further testing to determine a cause of death.

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