Walton County Sheriff’s Office continues to seek help from the public in solving a 1996 case that was first considered an accident, but is currently being looked at as a possible homicide. The case is currently being investigate by its Cold Case Unit.
According to a post on the Walton County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, “during the late evening hours of February 17, 1996, Walton County Sheriff’s Office and Loganville Police units as well as County Fire and EMS personnel responded to a single vehicle accident call in rural Walton County. Upon arrival at the scene, it was determined that a single vehicle driven by Tracey Costly had left the road at a high rate of speed and struck a tree. Costley was pronounced dead at the scene. Subsequent investigation determined that Costley had lost control of her vehicle, veered off the road, resulting in her death. Investigation determined no other vehicles were involved in the incident and the case was closed as a vehicle accident.”
However, recently, information was developed indicating that during the evening of her death, Costley had actually been in the process of fleeing unknown assailants in a separate vehicle that were shooting at her vehicle as she attempted to avoid being injured. If this turns out to indeed be the case, this incident would be reclassified as a homicide.
If you have any information, you are asked to share it and help this family find peace. Anyone with knowledge of this incident should contact Walton County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Michael Rising at 770-266-1558 and leave a message or email Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.