Missing Georgia Tech Student Found Severely Injured After 48 Hours (Photos)

| by James Brannigan
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A Georgia Tech student who went missing on Oct. 16 was found alone and severely injured along railroad tracks by his fraternity brothers early on Oct. 19.

James Hubert, the 24-year-old vice president of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, was last seen leaving a sorority formal in Atlanta around 11 p.m. on Oct. 16.

His date left her phone in his jacket pocket, which his fraternity brothers were able to track using the Find my iPhone app, 11Alive reports. They found Hubert nearly seven miles from where the party had taken place.

Hubert was taken to Grady Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia.

His mother, Diane, said he suffered broken vertebrae, broken ribs, a punctured lung, bleeding in his brain and paralysis, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Emma Jeffrey, a friend of Hubert, spoke to 11Alive about what might have happened to him:

We’ve gotten out of him, 'I was jumped by a homeless person.' Then we got he was beat up by a group of people, then he said he was hit by a train, but we think he heard the trains going by, just lying there helpless. 

I can’t decide if I think he walked the train tracks or he was placed there, because his shoes were not on his feet. All of his belongings -- his wallet, phone is gone. He said he was beat up, so I think he was mugged and maybe dumped there.

Authorities held a press conference the morning of Oct. 19 and said that although they haven't found any evidence of foul play, they are waiting for Hubert to recover so he can help with the investigation. 

“Once he gets to a state that we can interview him, we will ask him more information to further our investigation," Lt. Charles Hampton said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Georgia Tech Police Chief Robert Connolly praised Hubert's fraternity brothers for not giving up on their friend. 

“The students rallied together and then they started searching,” Connolly told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The students stayed out until midnight [Sunday] night, putting out pamphlets and combing the area, anywhere they could possibly find [cellphone] pings along the route.”

Source 11Alive, Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Photo Credit: Diane Hubert/Facebook via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11Alive