Athens mother desperately searches for son who left Norcross mental health facility

Gwinnett County Police are looking for a missing 26-year-old man living with a mental disability.

Alize Woodall’s mother said the nightmare began in June 2020. A car hit Woodall along West Broad Street in Athens. This driver pulled over, but a second driver ran over his head and continued. His mother said that a few weeks ago a nervous breakdown resulting from the injury separated him from his family.

Two years later, Woodall has serious head injuries from the hit-and-run, which his family says changed his behavior. His mother is always moved to talk about it.

“Sometimes he can do certain things without thinking because of this left brain injury,” LaShondra Woodall said.

On July 7, Woodall had an episode in Athens that ended with his arrest for domestic violence.

“The judge said if I tied him, the sheriff’s office would take him to behavioral health,” she said.

Woodall said she got him out of jail six days later. He was eventually taken to Lakeview Behavioral Health in Norcross where his mother expected him to stay, but a few days ago she said she called to check in and a receptionist told her that he was released on July 21 on his own recognizance.

Woodall is her son’s legal guardian.

“I told them not to release him without my consent. They let my son go,” she said. “In Norcross, Georgia. He doesn’t know anyone there. He has a mental problem and he’s disappeared.”

Gwinnett County police said Woodall could have been taken to a homeless shelter, but could not confirm.

Lakeview Behavioral Health sent a statement which reads in part:

“Lakeview has thorough discharge policies for our patients. Our staff are working hard to return them to their families or another place where they can receive support. We hope they are found safe.”

Her mother said Alize had been unable to care for herself or her daughter since the accident and feared he was in danger.

FOX 5 asked Gwinnett County Police if Woodall was a threat to himself or others. They did not immediately respond to these requests.

Anyone who thinks they’ve seen Woodall is urged to call 911 or the Gwinnett County Police Department.

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