March 2, 2021

UPDATE: Authorities say missing red suitcase key to unsolved fatal hit-and-run case

(Franklin, GA) — Several months after a fatal hit-and-run accident in Heard County, investigators with the Heard County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol are continuing to search for the driver and for answers .

The accident occurred around 8:00 PM on Monday September 15, 2019 when a pedestrian was struck and killed on Armstrong Mill Road about midway between U.S. HWY 27 and Notnomis Road near the Centralhatchee area.

20-year-old Christian North was pronounced dead at the scene that evening and authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver of the vehicle that fled the vicinity.

The driver of the unknown and yet to be identified vehicle fled the scene.

Investigators originally believed North was struck by a red, dark orange, or rust colored vehicle, but further examination of the evidence later revealed that the source of the reddish colored evidence did not come from the impacting vehicle.

Christian North

GSP Trooper Byron Mims say they now believe the located evidence is from a suitcase that North was allegedly pulling down the road when he was hit.

That suitcase has never been recovered and it is believed the missing piece of luggage may help solve the mystery of who committed the hit-and-run that night.

The victim’s mother, Teresa North, spoke with WSB-TV Action News the day after the accident and asked for the person responsible to come forward.

“Please be human. Have a heart and turn yourself in,” Teresa North pleaded. “I don’t want to press charges. I just want to know why — why did you go away? If it was your child, would you have went away?”

North left behind a 2-year-old son.

Anyone with any information about this driver, the vehicle involved in this accident, or any other information is asked to contact Inv. Mark Eakin with the Heard County Sheriff’s Office at 706-675-3329 or the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team at 770-412-4063.

Stay tuned to for further details and updates in this case as they become available.


  1. Stacie (Toney) Denham says

    This is just weird all the way around. The suitcase it seems would have been near the body. Seems like whomever hit him stopped and retrieved it? Why?! It is just weird all the way around. God bless his soul.

    • The suitcase was stuck underneath the vehicle and that is why it has not been retrieved at this time. So no one got out and took the suitcase it was pinned underneath the vehicle and we have not been able to retrieve it at this time.

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