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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
The scene of a fatal wreck and the driver’s body were found Wednesday in Coosa County, a week and a half after the wreck occurred.
The single-vehicle crash reportedly occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30. It left 30-year-old Tilon D. Debardelabon of Alexander City fatally injured.
According to State Troopers, the green 2000 Ford Ranger Debardelabon was driving veered off the roadway, traveled down an embankment and struck a tree, causing the vehicle to overturn. They reported that Debardelabon was not using a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.
He and the pickup truck were last seen at approximately 3 a.m. April 30 in Birmingham, and they were later reported missing.
However, the crash location was not discovered until Wednesday, May 11, a week and a half later. Troopers said this was because of where the wreck occurred, along U.S. Highway 280 east near the 63.3 mile marker, approximately 3 miles west of Alexander City in Coosa County.
According to reports Debardelabon had left Birmingham and was traveling to Pensacola, Florida, to visit a friend.
Following the discovery of his body and truck, his mother, Wanda Debardelabon, shared via a Facebook post that she loved her “baby” beyond words, but that God only gave him a short time here and not forever. She stated that God came back for His son and that he was only hers temporarily, but that she was thankful for the 30 years God gave her with her son.
“This has crushed me, but as I said before I’ll say again, whatever Your will is, it is well in my soul,” she stated in her social media post.
Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.