What Happened to the Missing Georgia Tech Student?

  1. Who is James Hubert?
    James Hubert is a 24-year-old aerospace engineer student from metro Atlanta and vice president of Georgia Tech’s Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
  2. Last place he was seen
    He was reported missing after he didn’t return from an Oct. 16 2015 sorority formal in northwest Atlanta. He had last been seen about 11 p.m. Friday at The Foundry at Puritan Mill on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard when he was reported missing at about 10 p.m. the following day. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/10000-reward-offered-in-missing-georgia-tech-stude/nn5jn/
  3. 55 hours missing
    His friends found him three days later on the railroad tracks at DeKalb and Arizona avenues, near the northeast Atlanta neighborhood of Kirkwood. A female student used the “Find my Phone” app to ping her phone, which Hubert had left the party with. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/10000-reward-offered-in-missing-georgia-tech-stude/nn5jn/
  4. $10,000 reward
    He was reported found shortly after a $10,000 reward for information was posted. https://twitter.com/ajc/status/656098032908378114
  5. Police: no foul play
    Atlanta police said they’d found no evidence of foul play but investigators were waiting to speak with Hubert. According to the police report, Hubert was found in a ditch "with coats piled on top of him." http://www.ajc.com/videos/news/raw-video-friends-helped-police-locate-james/vDcqnp/
  6. Injuries
    Hubert’s mother described his injuries as “left-side paralysis,” blood on the brain, broken ribs, a broken scapula, a punctured lung and four broken vertebrae. He underwent surgery. http://news.blog.ajc.com/2015/10/21/once-missing-georgia-tech-student-undergoing-surgery/
  7. "Robbed and left for dead"
    Hubert’s mother has said her son left the sorority formal alone and was taking MARTA home when he was “jumped, beaten up, robbed and left for dead.” MARTA has disputed this claim, saying “Mr. James Hubert was not on the MARTA system at the time in question.” http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/agency-once-missing-georgia-tech-student-not-on-ma/nn78c/
  8. Family's statement
    His mother also said on Facebook that he was not drunk or high on drugs when he was attacked. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/mom-once-missing-georgia-tech-student-paralyzed-on/nn6PM/
  9. Freight train revelation
    About two weeks after he first went missing, Hubert’s family said he was “aboard a moving freight train” prior to his nearly three-day disappearance. http://news.blog.ajc.com/2015/10/28/family-once-missing-georgia-tech-student-was-on-moving-freight-train-prior-to-disappearance/
  10. CSX: "riding near the railroad tracks is illegal"
    CSX, which owns the tracks where Hubert was found, said “railroad property is private property and walking or riding near the railroad tracks is illegal and extremely dangerous.” http://news.blog.ajc.com/2015/10/28/family-once-missing-georgia-tech-student-was-on-moving-freight-train-prior-to-disappearance/