Athens mother desperate for son who left Norcross psychiatric facility

Gwinnett County Police are searching for a 26-year-old missing man 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. That driver stopped, but a second driver ran over his head and continued on. His mother said a nervous breakdown caused by that injury separated him from his family weeks ago.

Two years later, Woodall suffered a serious head injury from that hit-and-run that his family says changed his behavior. His mother still gets emotional when she talks about it.

“Sometimes he can do some things, not think because of that left brain injury,” LaShondra Woodall said.

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

“The judge said if I tied him up, 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 days ago she said she called to check in, and a receptionist told her he was released on July 21 of her own accord.

Woodall is her son’s legal guardian.

“I told them not to release him without my permission. They let my son go,” she said. ‘In Norcross, Georgia. He doesn’t know anyone there. He has a mental illness and is missing.’

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

Lakeview Behavioral Health sent out a statement that reads in part:

“Lakeview has a thorough discharge policy for our patients. Our staff is committed to returning them to their families or to another place where they can get help. We hope he is found safely.”

His mother said that Alize has not been able to care for herself or his daughter since the accident and is concerned that he is in danger.

FOX 5 asked Gwinnett County Police if Woodall poses a threat to themselves or others. They did not immediately answer those questions.

Anyone who believes they have seen Woodall is asked to call 911 or the Gwinnett County Police Department.

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